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Hi. My two year old cat started acting weird yesterday and we can't figure out what is causing it. She is really tense when we go to pick her up (she usually doesn't mind being held). She is very skittish. She walks around really slow and near the ground as if she is hunting but the slightest sound or movement scares her. Earlier she jumped when I sniffled and when we moved a lap top cord she jumped 3 feet up. She also looks like she is constantly sniffing and sees something moving. She is an indoor cat. When around our other cat she usually tries to play but now just stares at our cat. She is afraid to jump off a bed. She peed on the carpet which hasn't happened since she was a kitten. We can't figure out what is wrong, any ideas?
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Hello and welcome! First thing we need to know, is if she is spayed.

If so, she is sick, acting like she is in pain and needs to see the vet. Most likely she has a UTI (urinary tract infection) these are very painful, which makes her act the way you describe and avoid the litter box.

Veterinary treatment, and right away, is necessary.

Please keep us posted.
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She walks around really slow and near the ground as if she is hunting but the slightest sound or movement scares her.
Just that alone makes me believe she's not spayed and currently in heat... Sounds way too similar to the shelter cats I know who have been in heat.
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OR in severe pain. Cats also walk like that when they're in pain. Get her to the vet today!
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she is spayed. we're taking her to the vet today. thank you!
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Oh I'm so glad you're taking her to the vet. Please let us know what she says.
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Oh good I am glad too. Please let us know what you find out. UTI is my first thought.
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Sheeba ended up not having a UTI as of right now. They said it could be a beginning to a bladder infection but she did not shows signs of one. Or it could be a change in the environment. or a stomach issue, but since the stomach is under the ribs they can't feel it. But she is much more herself now and isn't walking around like she is in pain. She may have been constipated, this morning she defecated a lot. If she continues to act weird we'll take her back with a stool sample. Also, they said there is a pheromone collar she could wear that could help her attitude if that is what is causing her mood change. But things look up from here!
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