Okay, SO's cat has been pooping in the front hallway since we moved in. Nothing we do has changed this, and we've tried all kinds of remedies, he just doesn't handle change well. We weren't originally planning to take either cat, he was going to give his to a friend and I was going to give mine to my sister. Well, my irresponsible sister would've starved my poor cat to death or it would've ended up living with my mother in the apartment below hers, so we ended up having to take Dora with us. His cat Phil, well, his friend just never showed up the day she was supposed to take him. Phil doesn't handle change very well and doesn't like my son. He's never bitten or scratched him, but hisses at him if he ever gets closer than two feet. Dora on the other hand, was a kitten when we got her and Matt was two years old, so she's wonderful with him. Doesn't mind him wrestling with her, doesn't mind having her tail pulled, and doesn't put up too much fuss when he puts her inside my decorative birdcage (long story...well, not really, that's pretty much it. He got in trouble for it, but she goes right back for more so I have trouble feeling sorry for her.)
My SO now wants to get rid of BOTH cats. Okay, we'll save by not spending money on litter and food, but I LOVE my Dora! I didn't feel it was fair to make him get rid of Phil if I didn't get rid of Dora (though she doesn't poop on anything) so I put them both up on craigslist. Well the only one drawing any attention is Dora! I don't want to get rid of her when she's not a problem, especially if we end up keeping the problematic cat! It's not fair!!
So how do I explain to my SO that I'm not giving up my cat unless his is gone first? After I figure out how to say that, I can figure out how to say that she's not going anywhere. :)