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Can someone help me figure out what is going on with my cat?

We have 2, little girl is 10, little boy is about 6-7. They've never gotten along too terribly well - and will occasionally have a fur-flying tooth and claw fight, although the frequency of those has diminished over the last few years.

She's always been an aloof princess - DH spoils her and she knows it. He had her before we met. Little boy came into the family already formed, so he kind of gets the leftovers - but so long as we keep his belly full and let him sleep on the bed with us, he doesn't seem to mind.

Lately she has been unusually needy (like the last week or two). Usually she's more of a "don't touch me unless I want you to" kind of cat. But the last week or two she wants to be on daddy constantly. She literally spent almost the entire weekend on or snuggled next to him. The other morning we woke up to find a pile of poo on one of her sleeping pillows... not like she'd deliberately done it, but more like it "slipped out" - it was half off the edge of the pillow, and half on the bench. She refused to go outside all weekend, even though the sun was shining and it was gorgeous out (I was outside doing yardwork in shorts) - this after being locked in due to rain all last week. Usually she'll go onto the back porch and sun herself in good weather. I've also noticed lately that when she stands up after lying in one place for a while she's moving like she's stiff.

But just this morning she wouldn't stop hissing and growling at her brother. She was lying in one of her fave spots (on the heater grate), which just happens to be in the middle of a doorway. He was trying to get through the door to get to the couch for a nap. I could see him (but not her) from where I was sitting, and he was just walking by, but every time he tried, she'd start hissing and growling, like seriously aggressive attitude (usually he's the aggressor, as far as we've been able to tell). This happened 3 times (with me intervening each time) before he managed to make it to the couch (because I chased her out of the doorway with a squirt bottle).

She's acting like she's not feeling right, but she's still eating and drinking, she's still eliminating... I'd call the vet, but what would I say? "she's acting weird"? Anybody have any thoughts from all that?

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For whatever it's worth, I think "she just not acting right" is a totally legit vet call, and most veterinarians I've dealt with have thought so too (or at least appeared to
). I've made that call and come away with everything from very minor to very serious diagnosis, but I've never come away without a diagnosis at all. My job to notice something is up, the vet's job to figure out what, kwim?
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