is my cat going senile? or something else?
my cat norman, who is about 11, is very gumpy all the time. hes always been grumpy, but hes getting more grumpy with every year. if hes laying down and you move him, like if i have to make he bed, he meows a bunch and each meow is more angry. he refuses to go downstairs if there are a bunch of people down there or loud noises. when he wants to go leave the room he will stand at the door and meow and when you let him out he starts to walk through before i have to door open enough to let him out (hes kind of fat) so he gets a little squished and sometimes he hisses. sometimes he'll just there standing at us and yell at us and when we open the door he refuses to leave. and we give him plenty of attention. he has trouble getting up the stairs and getting comfortable when he lays down, he is bowlegged so i don't know if its the odd shape of his arms or if he has arthritis or something. he never runs, but when he trys, he looks like one of those kids in gym class that ran all funky. other than that, he is a very sweet cat and i love him. we don't really have any extra money to take him to the vet, does anyone have any ideas?