Well last summer I did try to make him a house cat but he peed on everything. Cat beds, dog beds. We have a 12lb Yorkie also indoors. I'm sure he was marking his territory. He does know how to use a litter box but he will pee on blankets laying inside pet beds or crates. Thank you in advance for any advice!
Wow you have your hands full, don't you??!! I commend you for trying to make this guy an indoor kitty, but like you, just šouldn't have tolerated the peeing everywhere. Some basic questions: are you using a good quality scoopable litter like Tidy Cats and actually scooping it a couple times a day
?? Is the litter box in a quiet, safe place AWAY from dogs and kids
? Is there a lingering odor of pee on surrounding surfaces that draws him back there when/if he does not feel comfortable using a litter box? All these issues need to be HONESTLY researched by you. If you are confident you are doing everything right to make this a place he wants to stay in, then perhaps he has an "outdoor" cat mentality after all and I can't help you at all with that.
Our Annie was a stray that had been dumped on a Navy base. I got her fixed and decided she was going to be an indoor cat because I could not handle the fleas (this was before the great meds available now a days). She cried and cried to be let out, roaming the house looking out the windows. It took a couple weeks before she finally settled down, but once she did she was very best lap cat in the world.
Our Maddie was at the SPCA with a big sign "LITTER BOX ISSUES - does not like to have her tailed pulled or chased". Duh. That was a death sentence I figured so I made a deal with her: I would not pull her beautiful tail, nor would I chase her as long as she used the litter box. 6 years later she has yet to have an accident and we've both kept our word. The litter boxes (I have 5 cats) are in quiet corners of the laundry room and upstairs in a spare BR corner. (No wonder I don't get house guests!
), but they are clean, quiet and available. No issues unless one is sick. Good luck, I hope this helps.