KNOWN HISTORY:: Milky Way was brought in as a stray, so we don't have any behavioral history or tendencies in a home environment.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: Observed Behavior - Started off nice with Behavior, but at the end of their exam began swatting and biting at carrier gate and cat gloves.
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: Came to the front on approach, eyes a little dilated but soft posture, tail up. Rubbed against the bars when spoken to. Stayed at the front when door opened, ate treats from my hand, leaned into pets, purred.
Cage Condition:: No change
Reaction to assessor:: Milky Way remains neutral, lying down on her cage bedding during the approach.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Milky Way remains soft, with normal shape eyes.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Milky Way seeks affection, leans forward with tail up and remains at the front of the cage, soft and relaxed.
Reaction to touch:: Milky Way head bunts the assessor's hand, purrs and appreciates petting on the head and body. However, after a few strokes she pilo-erects at the base of the tail then moderately nips. She seems conflicted while she continues to solicit, but during the interaction, she will ponce on the hand, pin it down, and hisses until slowly retrieved.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Moderate
VOCAL:: Somewhat chatty
CHARACTER TYPE: : Social,Curious,Independent
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Experienced, adult only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Milky Way may be a little more independent, and may need time to warm up to her new home. Due to the behaviors seen in the care center, we feel that this cat will do best in an experienced, adult only home who understands this cat may need time to warm up to her new home and family at her own pace.