Cappy is 8 year old rescue who I've had for 1.7 years.
He did something very strange 2 nights ago that has left me scratching my head
I woke up ~3 AM to use bathroom. He usually sleeps thru these, at least never leaves his bed.
This time, he got out of bed & went to the back door, as if he had to potty. So, of course I let him out. He had some diarrhea the prior day, so I allowed him more time than usual.
After ~15-20 minutes, I went outside to call him in or be sure he was OK. He ran up to me, but didn't come in the house, so I left him out there.
About 5 min later, I decided I wanted him back in the house, regardless. When I opened the back door, he was sitting there in front of the door in the cold & dark (but on top of a little dog bed). He wouldn't move, sat there & looked at me as if he were afraid to move.
This was a real shock to me & I could see no reason for it. I got down to his level, thinking I would pick him up & bring him inside, or comfort him, or do something (other than leave him outside).
He looked at me like he was afraid or in pain, & it occurred to me maybe he had an injury, so I patted him gently, all over & stretched out his limbs. Nothing, but he still looked scared & shrinking from me.
He was acting so unlike himself that I was afraid he might snap at me if I picked him up, but after a short whileI did, and brought him inside.
After that, he was back to his old self.
No diarrhea, no injuries - like nothing had happened.
I would be really interested in any/all input, no matter how outlandish. Thank you in advance.