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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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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.
I haven't had any other people around so I don't know how he will be with strangers but I was a stranger and he loved me. Maybe he was smart enough to realize that he needed to be nice to get out of the joint.
 

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I haven't had any other people around so I don't know how he will be with strangers but I was a stranger and he loved me. Maybe he was smart enough to realize that he needed to be nice to get out of the joint.
Nah bruh. Don't you think that. Cats learn their owners. They are timid for a day or so and do odd things to get a feel of who you are.

Thanos was timid for two days. It's been downhill every since. It's either I give him attention when he wants it (with his main obsession, the twist-tie) or homeboy attempts to make his way towards the collection.

Cats are evil demon spawns from the bowels of hell who are out to destroy mankind since the day we stopped worshipping them in Egypt. We just can't see it because they're oh so cute at doing it.

Now excuse me. My master beckons...
 

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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?
Someone probably already suggested this, but find out what type of litter they were using at the shelter, and try to use the same kind, at least until he's used to your place.
 
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Someone probably already suggested this, but find out what type of litter they were using at the shelter, and try to use the same kind, at least until he's used to your place.
They gave me a bag that was in the initial box. I have 3 boxes now. He's doing better. He uses the boxes when I'm home, and most of the time when I'm not. He seems to have problems when I'm not home.
 

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my cat hated everyone but me. hated my kid hated my girl.... when he passed young I cried and held his paw when they put him to sleep. I loved that mean, ornery, hateful furball… he kind of changed my view of nature and animal psychology... Once your cat decides to shun the box its usually a huge uphill battle. I wish you luck and don't give up!
 

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They gave me a bag that was in the initial box. I have 3 boxes now. He's doing better. He uses the boxes when I'm home, and most of the time when I'm not. He seems to have problems when I'm not home.
FYI, those automatic litter boxes are well worth the cost.
 
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The Dude is hanging on by a thread.

Today is day six without eating.

He has his favorite dry food, and his favorite treats out 24/7.

Twice a day I swap out some wet food. A new flavor/ brand each time.

I've been trying to give him some of my food.

My sister suggests bone broth which I'll try tonight but I don't have high hopes because one of his favorite foods is swimming in broth and he won't touch it.

He drinks more water than any cat that I've seen.

Tomorrow I'm going to make a vet appointment.

He's wobbly when he walks, his purrer barely works, he's very lethargic. He just sits in the picture window or on the back of the couch.
 

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I had a cat 10 years ago that was old (17) and went through the same thing. I took her to the vet and he didn't seem hopeful but had me mix the canned food with some water to make it a paste that could be put into a turkey baster or large syringe. squirt that into her mouth and make her eat. 4 days later she literally collapsed and the floor so I picked her up and took her back to the vet and they said there was no chance for her. She was dying of old age and her heart was giving out and that she was suffering and wouldn't make it through another day so I let them put her down. I hated it but it was for the best for her. Hopefully you have a better outcome. But just wanted to to prepare yourself for what happened to me since your cat is only a year or so younger than mine was.
 
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I had a cat 10 years ago that was old (17) and went through the same thing. I took her to the vet and he didn't seem hopeful but had me mix the canned food with some water to make it a paste that could be put into a turkey baster or large syringe. squirt that into her mouth and make her eat. 4 days later she literally collapsed and the floor so I picked her up and took her back to the vet and they said there was no chance for her. She was dying of old age and her heart was giving out and that she was suffering and wouldn't make it through another day so I let them put her down. I hated it but it was for the best for her. Hopefully you have a better outcome. But just wanted to to prepare yourself for what happened to me since your cat is only a year or so younger than mine was.
I've been preparing for it, thanks. He looks terrible. The whole point of adopting him was so that he didn't die in the joint but it's hard to watch.

I had somebody suggest force feeding him a few weeks ago. It doesn't seem right.
 

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We went through our cat being put down a couple weeks ago for really wobbly behavior. That is usually often indicative of nerve issue or a mild stroke. In our cat’s case it was a brain clot that led to the stroke - she was 17.

the inappetance can be a lot of things and just because the cat is drinking a lot doesn’t mean it’s good. Again in our cats case it was a thyroid issue and she was on medication. But it was helping.

we had the thyroid issue diagnosed months ago and she was doing well. Huge change... and I thought for sure she was dying then. Turns out, she just needed the thyroid medication.

but she recovered exceptionally well, until the stroke months later. The thyroid is common in cats and can cause all sorts of problems. Including lethargy and wobbliness and inappetance.

but it could also be nerves. We saw both. One diagnosis is obviously better than the other.

as a 13 year old cAt, I would move to wet food. That was the first thing we were told months ago. And it made a difference. cats systems are so temperamental. But definitely should consult the vet.

thoughts are with you, man
 

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I've been preparing for it, thanks. He looks terrible. The whole point of adopting him was so that he didn't die in the joint but it's hard to watch.

I had somebody suggest force feeding him a few weeks ago. It doesn't seem right.
I hated the force feeding also, but if would save her I was willing to try, unfortunately it didn't work. I hope you have better luck.
 

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The Dude is hanging on by a thread.

Today is day six without eating.

He has his favorite dry food, and his favorite treats out 24/7.

Twice a day I swap out some wet food. A new flavor/ brand each time.

I've been trying to give him some of my food.

My sister suggests bone broth which I'll try tonight but I don't have high hopes because one of his favorite foods is swimming in broth and he won't touch it.

He drinks more water than any cat that I've seen.

Tomorrow I'm going to make a vet appointment.

He's wobbly when he walks, his purrer barely works, he's very lethargic. He just sits in the picture window or on the back of the couch.
Sounds diabetic. Yes cats get it. Mine lived another 5 years after diagnosis and medication.
 

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