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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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They told me that he was picked up as a stray and that nobody ever came looking for him.

He's front declawed. That tells me that he was a pet. He's so clingy that I doubt that he was abused. He's so old that I doubt that he wasn't box trained.
This could be a part of the problem. Declawing a cat, even the front paws, is the most inhumane thing someone can do. It's just lazy and can lead to more issues and damage to a cat. Even if the declaw occurred a whole back, scratching through litter could be painful to him if you're using clay litter. You might want to try switching, even if it's a pan of torn up paper.

Sidenote... People, DO NOT forkING DECLAW YOUR CAT. Any vet with any once of decency and sense will advise against this. Get scratching pads or posts. Spray or sprinkle catnip on it. Your cat and your furniture will thank you.

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.
This is not true. I've had cats my entire life; trained none of them. Litter is designed to attract cats to use it, much like catnip attracts cats for different reasons. Confining cats does more damage mentally than confining a dog because they a natural roamers when they're not sleeping.

There is something wrong with the poor fella, either physically or mentally; plus at 13, he's considered very geriatric. I would suggest bringing him to the vet.
 

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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
We know the earth isn't flat because if it were, cats would have knocked everything off the edge.
 
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This could be a part of the problem. Declawing a cat, even the front paws, is the most inhumane thing someone can do. It's just lazy and can lead to more issues and damage to a cat. Even if the declaw occurred a whole back, scratching through litter could be painful to him if you're using clay litter. You might want to try switching, even if it's a pan of torn up paper.

Sidenote... People, DO NOT forkING DECLAW YOUR CAT. Any vet with any once of decency and sense will advise against this. Get scratching pads or posts. Spray or sprinkle catnip on it. Your cat and your furniture will thank you.



This is not true. I've had cats my entire life; trained none of them. Litter is designed to attract cats to use it, much like catnip attracts cats for different reasons. Confining cats does more damage mentally than confining a dog because they a natural roamers when they're not sleeping.

There is something wrong with the poor fella, either physically or mentally; plus at 13, he's considered very geriatric. I would suggest bringing him to the vet.
He's going in to see the vet as soon as I can.

It's weird that he's a model citizen when I'm around and is glued to me like a scared toddler.

Before I go to sleep I fold up the blanket that I use on my recliner and he jumps on it and goes to sleep. He doesn't move until I wake up.

No accidents until I leave the house, then he's like Johnny Appleseed except with pooh.
 

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He's going in to see the vet as soon as I can.

It's weird that he's a model citizen when I'm around and is glued to me like a scared toddler.

Before I go to sleep I fold up the blanket that I use on my recliner and he jumps on it and goes to sleep. He doesn't move until I wake up.

No accidents until I leave the house, then he's like Johnny Appleseed except with pooh.
That sounds like a severe anxiety disorder with not wanting to be left alone.
 

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i miss my cat, dingleberry, she was so awesome.

when we adopted her, she was very similar. declawed, very sweet, and took a while to get used to the sheet box. though, she was around 4 when we adopted. lived a good life to about 15 before gum cancer. that was my baby.

we went to the shelter because my wife wanted a kitten. poor dingleberry just sitting there by herself, the only older cat, and i fell in love. only argument i have ever won with my wife was to adopt her over the kittens.

it is a shame that there are so many stray animals. if cats weren't naturally (after centuries of humans caring for) domesticated, i would think differently, but i am 100 percent for neutered and spayed.
 
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i miss my cat, dingleberry, she was so awesome.

when we adopted her, she was very similar. declawed, very sweet, and took a while to get used to the shirt box. though, she was around 4 when we adopted. lived a good life to about 15 before gum cancer. that was my baby.

we went to the shelter because my wife wanted a kitten. poor dingleberry just sitting there by herself, the only older cat, and i fell in love. only argument i have ever won with my wife was to adopt her over the kittens.

it is a shame that there are so many stray animals. if cats weren't naturally (after centuries of humans caring for) domesticated, i would think differently, but i am 100 percent for neutered and spayed.
I don't know why people don't neuter/spay their pets. When I was bailing out The Dude they had received a bunch of kittens. They were lamenting that they wouldn't have room.
 

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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.
I "rescued" a cat when he was very young. He ended up being a big, cool indoor cat, and smacked my cocky great Dane around for fun. Fast forward 10 years he decides he wants to be an outside cat while the weather is nice, and I haven't seen him since.

Turns out he just saw animals outside at night that he wanted to attack. One of my cameras caught his final fight with a ~250lb bear.....bears are freaking fast

EDIT: Realized I never answered the question, introduce the cat to a bear
 
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