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Hi, Jen. Chances are this is due to stress. New homes are scary for all involved, especially going outdoors. Does he have an indoor cat box? If so, is it easy to find? Has he used it?
If you want a phone call, the cost is separate.The good news about cats is that there is no "training and retraining". Cats have an inherent knowledge of where they're supposed to go. Alas, in this situation, Elvis is going to likely continue using your home until he gains confidence to defecate outside. My suggestion would be to encourage the usage of a box instead of your home. Cat boxes can be a pain to maintain, I sympathize there, but consider that if you don't break the habit of using the bathroom in your home (and not in a box) you may never break him.Is he urinating outside at this time and not in the home?
No, cats don't associate punishment with poor behavior. If they are using the bathroom in the wrong place, there is an issue. If he's been trained to do this in the past, there's no problem with him knowing where he needs to go. The problem is why he doesn't want to go here.Now, if you catch him, you can tell him no and put I'm outside to finish his business but do not make a huge to-about the incident as you're likely to only encourage fear which I suspect is the main issue. Then, he will begin hiding in spaces like closets to use the bathroom.
This isn't training, he already knows where he is supposed to go. This is giving him a place to go while he's inside instead of the house. If he does not feel comfortable going outside, the litter box is the fail safe so he's not using your home as a cat box.He should also be using the bathroom outside and since that is his natural inclination he should slowly begin going back to using the outdoors full time. If he does not, an underlying cause should be searched for including a urinary tract infection, intestinal parasites, etc.
I hope all goes well. If you need more help, let me know. And if you do find that he's urinating in the house (which is easiest with the lights out, using a black light on the carpet and furniture which will glow highlighter yellow) it's time to see your vet for some diagnostics.