Hi! Thanks for your interest, it is kind of funny to me. This whole thing has taken me by surprise, I've been living in my other city for over a year and as an adult, have never wanted a cat as a pet... so, I just wasn't expecting anything like this. I cancelled his Saturday vet appt b'c I ended up having to be here for an inspection for the house, and I've decided to go with a vet who does house calls come to my house this week and check for parasites and see about vax's. I prefer no vax, but he's going to live with my dog, so I want to be safe. Next year after he's an indoor guy, I'll read more about skipping vax or minimal vax and go from there. I do feel a dedication to this cat and he looks much better after just a few weeks of care and getting to sleep indoors and not having to be on high alert sleeping outside. I'll read about how to post photos from my iPhone b'c he really is cute, sleeps in the craziest positions.
So far, he still hasn't used his litter box, despite me putting him in it every time he asks to go out to use the bathroom. Right now, I'm going with his lead as far as letting him be on the harness and walking by him in the yard until he goes pee or poo. I have tried attaching the leash but most times, I put the harness without the leash and walk next to him, to get him completely used to it. The closing date has been pushed up a little, so we still have about a month here. I think at this point, I'm letting go of the idea of finding another home for him, he seems to really like being with me. And I enjoy being around him too! I've woken up a few times this past week to find him sleeping next to me. His carrier came and he's been napping in it a few times and the relaxing herbs arrived but I haven't tried them out on him yet. I received the relaxing phermone collar as well, but haven't opened it. I've been researching gates and ways to keep him confined to one room in my city apartment. I have a few moving boxes stacked near a window here and he loves to lay up there and watch stuff outside. He's up there most of his time. Even when I open the front door and ask him if he wants to go out, he just stays on his window seat wagging his tail and looking at me, pretty funny. I burnt popcorn the other day and he came running into the kitchen meowing very loudly, he's like a little alarm system, lol, he also has to go check out any noises that happen around the house, also pretty funny. He really sort of dog-like in personality. Or maybe cats are just like that, my cats that I had in my childhood didn't act like this one much at all.
That's what's been going on for this little guy so far, I'll keep updating as we go and I'm most nervous about how he'll do traveling and adjusting to a city apartment. Hopefully it will all just fall into place like it has so far! I'm still very appreciative of ideas and suggestions if anyone has anything else to share with me. :) Thanks to everyone who shared ideas already.