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Tuesday morning I dropped off a bunch of soft cat, and dog, food at the local humane society (Meowschwitz).

I'm too busy for a dog. It's common for me to be gone for 24-36 hours at a time. I don't have anything against cats so I asked to see what they have.

They had cats in general population and they had some in solitary confinement. I went to the solitary cats and asked to see their most difficult to adopt out.

They opened the cage of an estimated, 13 year old cat. They said that they won't adopt him out to anybody with kids, or other pets, and that he's slow to warm up to people. He liked me so I had them box him up. They had named him Emerald. That's a stripper's name so I changed it to (The Big) Lemeowski, or "Dude."

I got him home and set up a litter box in the basement and some food and water. We spent an hour with him crawling on me and then I headed to work and meetings. I got home 23 hours later.

I found 3 pooh piles in the dining room and nothing in the litter box. I haven't been successful finding urine. He had to pee right?

I got him a water fountain and set that up in the kitchen and put the food in the dining room.

Then I got another litter box and put that in one of my bathrooms. We went to sleep with no incidents. I left for another meeting and got home about 5 hours later. 5 more pooh piles but urine in the upstairs litter box.

When I was checking the basement box he stood at the top of the stairs and yelled at me. I went back upstairs and we ate. I went back downstairs for laundry and he stood at the top of the stairs and he yelled at me the whole time. Maybe he's afraid of the basement?

I brought that box upstairs. We'll see. I'm tired of cleaning the floor. He's an awesome cat and he deserves better than dying in Meowschwitz so I'm not going to take him back but I need to fix this.

Any suggestions?
 
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And we're off... :sparky:
Naw. let me break it down a tad. People DO NOT OWN cats. Cats OWN people. I have two cats an older male and a younger female. The chic is cool and chill yet will have her moments. The male? well that dude is a forking butt crevasse. Seriously. If you don't feed him the brand of food he likes he will stare you in the eyes and flip the bowl at you. When they are given treats he will inspect each pile (not sure what else to call it) to see which is bigger so he can have it. Want to snuggle up to the wife? Tough sheet you're in his space now. If it looks comfy he will sit/lay there and that includes your face. Sheesh I could go on.
 
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Naw. let me break it down a tad. People DO NOT OWN cats. Cats OWN people. I have two cats an older male and a younger female. The chic is cool and chill yet will have her moments. The male? well that dude is a forking butt crevasse. Seriously. If you don't feed him the brand of food he likes he will stare you in the eyes and flip the bowl at you. When they are given treats he will inspect each pile (not sure what else to call it) to see which is bigger so he can have it. Want to snuggle up to the wife? Tough shirt you're in his space now. If it looks comfy he will sit/lay there and that includes your face. Sheesh I could go on.
You just described a typical cat.
 

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Naw. let me break it down a tad. People DO NOT OWN cats. Cats OWN people. I have two cats an older male and a younger female. The chic is cool and chill yet will have her moments. The male? well that dude is a forking butt crevasse. Seriously. If you don't feed him the brand of food he likes he will stare you in the eyes and flip the bowl at you. When they are given treats he will inspect each pile (not sure what else to call it) to see which is bigger so he can have it. Want to snuggle up to the wife? Tough shirt you're in his space now. If it looks comfy he will sit/lay there and that includes your face. Sheesh I could go on.
Our cat is pretty cool. He eats whatever we give him. He likes to chill on the screen porch or in the basement with me watching TV at night. Sometimes he tries to come sneak in on my snacks and if he keeps doing it, I knock his arse off the couch and he goes and sits on the other chair and watches TV.

It’s all good - we have an understanding.
 

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The first rule of having any new pet(cat or dog) - if you don’t want it using your home as its toilet, you do not give it freedom in the house if you are not there to supervise until the animal is house trained.
Lock him in a bathroom or laundry room while you’re gone with his food, water, bed and litter box until he has acclimated at your house, knows where to use the bathroom and has earned freedom.

He may be old and know how to use a litter box but everything about your house is new for him and he’s out of his element.
 
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One of two things;

Get him a roommate. A Cane Corso, or a female cat. One of the two should do the trick. Just depends on what road you choose, as the possible solution.
 

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I think it is usually best to keep them confined to 1 room first when getting them acclimated to a new home, but that time may have passed. I doubt getting him another buddy will work, since the shelter would not let him go to a home that already had pets.

The brand of litter is important, also maybe spray the area where he pooped with dilute vinegar/orange extract, and also maybe relocate the poops to the litter box to show him where you want that done instead of just putting in the trash.
 
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The first rule of having any new pet(cat or dog) - if you don’t want it using your home as its toilet, you do not give it freedom in the house if you are not there to supervise until the animal is house trained.
Lock him in a bathroom or laundry room while you’re gone with his food, water, bed and litter box until he has acclimated at your house, knows where to use the bathroom and has earned freedom.

He may be old and know how to use a litter box but everything about your house is new for him and he’s out of his element.
I was hoping that I wouldn't have to do that but, if there's a mess when I get home tonight then I'll be locking him in a bathroom when I'm not home.

Thanks.
 

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Naw. let me break it down a tad. People DO NOT OWN cats. Cats OWN people. I have two cats an older male and a younger female. The chic is cool and chill yet will have her moments. The male? well that dude is a forking butt crevasse. Seriously. If you don't feed him the brand of food he likes he will stare you in the eyes and flip the bowl at you. When they are given treats he will inspect each pile (not sure what else to call it) to see which is bigger so he can have it. Want to snuggle up to the wife? Tough shirt you're in his space now. If it looks comfy he will sit/lay there and that includes your face. Sheesh I could go on.
There was a people’s court with Judge Wapner where a cat would get on a neighbor’s apt balcony and knock over potted plants

Wapner ruled that people don’t own cats they choose to stay with you therefore a cat owner is not responsible for cat’s actions

but if it were a dog the owner would be
 

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My cat refuses to die.
I'm about to accelerate that process on our indoor cat. It has a cat bed but refuses to use it....instead if you put any kind of clothing down she lays on it. Ruined my son's $30 Grinch sweater yesterday before he even got to wear it to school. It was folded on a chair while I gave him a shower and we came out to find the cat sleeping on it. Lifted cat gently but she still stuck a claw in it. By the time he got home it had unraveled into a hole. Hate that cat.
 
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I'm about to accelerate that process on our indoor cat. It has a cat bed but refuses to use it....instead if you put any kind of clothing down she lays on it. Ruined my son's $30 Grinch sweater yesterday before he even got to wear it to school. It was folded on a chair while I gave him a shower and we came out to find the cat sleeping on it. Lifted cat gently but she still stuck a claw in it. By the time he got home it had unraveled into a hole. Hate that cat.
The Dude had already staked a claim on the blanket that i use when I sit on the recliner. People can still use it but they'll have to understand that the cat will too, whether anybody else is using it or not.
 

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