I adopted Nardamon about 4 months ago, and his previous owner said he was 1.5 years old at the time.
I think that part of the reason he's eating so much is that I'm giving him mostly wet food, and as much variety as possible of the best cat foods available. In his former home he was living exclusively on a single flavor of a low grade dry food (first ingredient chicken, second ingredient corn meal, next 5 ingredients other starches, including corn gluten meal). Boring!
Probably unhealthy too. Now he complains about having to finish a whole tin of food before I switch flavors, and not getting enough Whiskas
I just acquired a clumping litter I wanted to try I'll see how it goes. I'll also keep track over the next week of exactly how much food he eats and how much water he drinks I can't take him to the vet this week in any case.
On cat training, I just know from experience that cats can be extremely stubborn about certain things. Ginger RIP made me get up and give him breakfast at 5:00 am, after which I was allowed to go back to sleep
. I fought it for months before I conceded he was going to wake me up anyway, no matter what, and chasing him around trying to punish him severely for waking me up made it more difficult to get back to sleep than just feeding him did
Like it says in your signature: "There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."
I seem to be fighting a similar losing battle with Nardamon over clawing pants (not just jeans, and not just mine visitors can get their pants clawed too)