Oh, I just saw your response. It sounds like you have a keeper in Mr. Nigel. Now who has trained who around your house? Yeah, that's what I thought--cat has finally got owners to do as he pleases!!!
Our little Yodel actually adopted us--she was the sole survivor of a house fire (very sad since her owner died in it), right before we bought our current residence (firemen were putting out the fire next door while we were looking at this property). Anywho, we had thought of trying to find a good home for her, but my husband loves cats (and I like them, too, but I'm really a dog person) and wanted to keep her.
She's not a very big cat--more like delicate, long, and lean, but she's a real fighter. When other cats show up here, "she kicks butt and takes names." She's been known to attack skunks (ugh!) and dogs twice her size, but she learned a hard lesson with the rattlesnake. And yeah, she yodels quite plaintively when she gets trapped outside in cold/windy/wet weather--hence her moniker!
More than you wanted to know, I'm sure. I tried to take her picture, but she's more interested in sleeping right now--imagine that! Maybe later! Thanks for sharing about your cat. He's a real beauty!