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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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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 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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