You can't go potty there!
Okay, my family has adopted a stray cat, Okie-Dokie. We found him already fixxed, and declawed, and I'm guessing he is maybe between 2-3 years old. For the most part he is a wonderful cat. But his two problems are this, one he will hiss and swat (and ocasionally try to bite) if you come at him to fast with your hands or if you move something past him quickly (Like once I picked up my notebook and he spat and swatted it), two he doesn't seem to like going potty in the litter box. The second one is the real problem at the moment.
He's shown me before that he can use the litter box, but I'd say about 80% of the times when he pottys inside (We still let him outside, so most of the time he goes potty out there) he goes somewhere else, like a corner, or, like in the case of this morning, the kitchen sink.
Obviously, we can't just let him go poo in the kitchen sink whenever he wants to, so I need some suggestions on how to break him from this habit.
I have a feeling that the reason he doesn't like to "go" in the litter box is because when his previous owner declawed him the pain from walking back and forth to the litter box while his feet were still healing registered in his mind as "walking to litter box = pain = don't go potty in litter box".
Anyone have some suggestions on how to work with him to get over this problem?