It’s been long enough now that I’m sure everything is fine, and I can talk about it.
About a month ago I decided that I need the space where her food dish currently resides. I had it up on top of the entertainment center for historical reasons which mainly involved medicating my old (departed) cats.
All I did was move her kibble feeder onto the floor next to the entertainment center. A distance of about 1 foot horizontally, and 2 feet vertically.
NO. This was NOT APPROVED OF. Cinnamon immediately went on a hunger strike, which included the wet food dishes, which are set up on a different piece of furniture entirely. She was down to eating the absolute minimum, about 1/3rd what she should have been eating every day.
After two days, when it was clear this was Not Going To Happen, I put her kibble feeder back where it belonged. Still no dice. I tried tempting her with a different brand of kibble, putting dabs of baby food inside the feeder, and even going back to her older feeder.
I had Messed It All Up. It took her a week to begrudgingly start eating again, and two more weeks to ramp up to full rations.
I guess I learned my lesson.