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Get another cat. It won't add much effort at all to your daily routine, but will comfort your elderly cat immeasurably. We have 2, and are able to leave the house without too much feline angst. Your cat trusts you and relies on you, and is obviously uncomfortable when you're not home.

Go box up another kitty :)
I'll talk to the vet first. I had intended on two from the start but Meowschwitz didn't want to send him somewhere with other animals
 
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Hmmm.
Kudos to you for taking him in and the words you use are awesomely funny.

On to the feline, is it Schrödinger’s cat?
I can confirm that he's alive so I guess not.

I wonder if his owner is ill, or dead. Paramedics could have had the door open long enough for a scared cat to run away.I doubt that somebody kept a cat for 13 years and then dumped it outside in a Chicago December with no front claws. The Dude is lucky to be alive.
 

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I can confirm that he's alive so I guess not.

I wonder if his owner is ill, or dead. Paramedics could have had the door open long enough for a scared cat to run away.I doubt that somebody kept a cat for 13 years and then dumped it outside in a Chicago December with no front claws. The Dude is lucky to be alive.

Agreed.
 

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Get another cat. It won't add much effort at all to your daily routine, but will comfort your elderly cat immeasurably. We have 2, and are able to leave the house without too much feline angst. Your cat trusts you and relies on you, and is obviously uncomfortable when you're not home.

Go box up another kitty :)
i have mixed experiences with older cats introduced to other cats. if you could foster one (a known sociable cat) for a trial, that could be a good test.
 
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i have mixed experiences with older cats introduced to other cats. if you could foster one (a known sociable cat) for a trial, that could be a good test.
The Dude is still very nervous. He still won't go near the basement, and he just sits on his blanket unless he wants attention. He won't even play. I'll talk to the vet about it but this might not be a good time.

He's eating like a 20lb cat though so that's a good sign.
 

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The cat pooped in the same general area each time? Move the litter box to that area. If he starts using it you can slowly migrate it
 

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The Dude is still very nervous. He still won't go near the basement, and he just sits on his blanket unless he wants attention. He won't even play. I'll talk to the vet about it but this might not be a good time.

He's eating like a 20lb cat though so that's a good sign.
that is my worry, about the nervousness that is. at 13, personally, i'd let him live alone and get adjusted to the life of being spoiled by his humans.
 

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? Awesome.

Some ideas: One of our old feral cats started staying close and now on the porch. We figured out she lost her hearing. Also, did your ex's cats live at your current house? Dude may pick up those scents and is acting accordingly.
 
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? Awesome.

Some ideas: One of our old feral cats started staying close and now on the porch. We figured out she lost her hearing. Also, did your ex's cats live at your current house? Dude may pick up those scents and is acting accordingly.

It's possible. I cleaned all of the carpet when they left but I'm sure that I didn't get everything 100%.

He's almost adjusted. There is litter box evidence that he has been in the basement. He uses both boxes upstairs. No mistakes in days.

He played for about 2 minutes last night. He was able to let himself forget for a moment but I could see it dawn on him that things are different now and he stopped.

He's still clingy. He still sits on a folded up blanket on my recliner and doesn't move unless he wants attention, food, or to use a box.

He's becoming more cat like though.20191223_222021.jpg
 

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He’s an awesome cat! And lucky to have you.
 

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Need to remember too that a 13 yr old cat isn't going to play around like a kitten most likely. Our 9 yr old will chase a string and things like that on occasion but most of the time just sleeps. A laser pointer on the floor used to make that thing lose its mind though.
 

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It looks like my cat, who is 14 yrs. old, been having since a kitten and pretty much has the same behavior as yours. He is not tolerate to strangers, but knows immediate family and still would rather lay back and watch things going on. Kind of like Mayhem on the Allstate commercial, a billion years of tiger DNA observing your every move, just waiting to pounce.
 

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