Advice on cat behavior
We have an 11 year old male tabby cat who is pooping on the floor at random places all over the house, daily. I have a small child who is on the floor all the time, so this is a HUGE issue for me. We, and the vet, are convinced that this is strictly a behavioral problem as he does use his litter box and there is nothing else wrong with him. We don't have a space to confine him to (like a bathroom), and at this point my husband would rather let him out into the backyard rather than deal with the constant behavioral issues.
He (the cat, not my husband) was a shelter rescue as a baby, and he's never really been what you would describe as a "good" or "sweet" cat. He's always been a biter, swatter and hisser with anyone but me or my husband (and sometimes even with us.) He is a big boy, about 20 pounds, he is neutered, and he does have his claws.
This has been going on for at least a year, and my husband and I are at our wit's end and I would appreciate any suggestions or advice. Thanks in advance.