In November we had a cat dumped... I really dont understand how someone can do that right before the cold weather hits I called animal control to place a "found cat" ad...some response but no takers since then it has become ever so apparent WHY he was dumped. I first put the cat in my brooder in my basement because I didnt know if he was sick... had anything... or was rabid. It became apparent he was a family cat because he is sooooo lovable.. he talks to you comes when called... hes a dream... BUT my basement now smells like a litter box hes not peeing... he is spraying... We took him to the vet in January when he was still here and no forever home, at this time we were aware of his litter issues (or what we thought was litter issues) vet ran all kinds of tests...found nothing wrong tried different litters to see if that was the cause .. nope... then this past month we had him at the vet again and this time we brought a bag that he "peed on".. as soon as the vet smelled it he told us its not pee.. its spray. hopes of rehab just went through the floor!.. thank goodness the basement floor was sealed and has not caused any real damage. we have tried meds in case this was an anxiety thing no luck... vet says only hope of keeping him would be to increase meds but it will make him groggy and not really a cat... OR to turn him into an outside cat. Vet knows we are rural and said he would never suggest this for a city cat. vet seems to think smokey is about 4 years old... theory is he was neutered later in life and spraying before he was neutered and now that he is used to doing this it may never stop... but it may when he is older and has nothing to prove. he said smokey will be able to come in and visit.. but when we are not able to watch him he goes right back outside. (I can live with that) he said when we are calling for severe weather bring him inside in a crate (I can live with that).. we will have to build him an out door cat house because law says animals outdoor animals need shelter and access to food.. So does anyone have any suggestions for an out door shelter? and how will I keep the raccoons and possums out of the cat food? I was thinking a cat house like this.. it can sit on my front porch and be almost totally sheltered from rain and snow except from blowing.. in the winter I can get one of those pet heating pads and put it in for him to keep warm... for the food I have no clue i was thinking put it out in the morning and bring it in before it gets dark... he will be ok over night without food..