I'm glad has provided some story value to those who read it. It certainly means a lot to me, because I really was 'new to cats' and didn't know what the heck I was doing.
"wife is a lucky woman" - I keep telling her she is. I think she believes me.
The stripes on his body really just came in the last 2 weeks or so. I imagine they will get whiter as days progress. Eyes are green, like mine
My wife may be giving in very slightly. She checked several places and no one is taking kittens/cats. They all have plenty. There are 50+ in craigslist in our area.
In the meantime I'm going to try another cat litter. I thing the scented type may be causing an odor. It's really wierd, sometimes the room has an ordor, other times it doesn't. It doesn't seem to be from the litter box, but it probably is. I have to buy a bigger box too, he can barely turn around in this one we have now and it bugs him.