KNOWN HISTORY:: Lived Indoors
Previously lived with: 1 Adult
Behavior toward strangers: Around strangers he is described as respectful
Behavior toward children: Around children of ages 2 to 8 he is described as tolerant and respectful
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Bite or Scratch history: No bite history
Litter box training: Yes, and had an uncovered litter box.
Energy level/descriptors: Medium
Other notes: He is described as affectionate and friendly, He was being free fed Purina dry food and had no scratching post in the home. He enjoys playing with bells and toys.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 7/27/19
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 7/24/19
Wary by the front. Low growls on approach and ears tilt sideways when attempting to pet. Not interested in treats. Very tense. Needs time to adjust.
Resting on top of his den. Comes forward when spoken softly but retreats when door is opened. Sniffs the scratcher tool and bats it a couple of times, not allowing touch. Then he warms up a bit and eats the chicken fillet offered, allowing a few strokes along the head and back. Wary and tense. Has potential to warm up more!
Sitting upright on top of the den. Alert with normal shape eyes. Accepts pets and slowly leans into the hand, but after a few strokes he hisses and swats while retreating to stop the interaction.
Stands and comes forward on my approach, sniffs my hand. Sniffs treats. Allows me to gently pet head and back. Heads turns left and right but no hissing or swatting.
Might be getting an URI. Sitting in the litter box. Comes forward when coaxed with chicken fillet and eats it. He allows petting along the head and body but becomes tense and hisses at the cat next to him then nips on the scratcher tool. Ended the interaction to allow him to decompress.
Chirps and approaches the front when door opens, but sniffs the scratcher tool carefully before allowing touch. He pushes up against it when pet on his head, but seems sensitive on his body and will flip his head back and bat the scratcher when pet on that area. Returned attention back on head to end interaction on a positive note.
Sitting upright by the front with a soft body. Makes eye contact on approach and head-butts the scratcher when extended. He allows petting on the head and two strokes along his back, then he nips on the scratcher tool with moderate pressure and resumes head-butting it after. Might get over-stimulated. Rewarded with treats each time he allowed petting without nipping.
Reaction to assessor:: Mister was very alert at the front of the kennel with somewhat dilated pupils.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Mister made eye contact and made little meows.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Mister came forward almost as if to exit the kennel.
Reaction to touch:: Mister allowed all petting while being very alert and curious about life outside the kennel. He was turning left and right quickly with high energy.
Reaction to being picked up:: Mister allowed the pickup with minor vocal complaints but upon being set down he hissed and swatted at the assessor.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Lively,Energetic
VOCAL:: Somewhat chatty
CHARACTER TYPE: : Bold,Social,Insistent,Curious
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Very high energy level,Uncomfortable with pick up
Potential challenges comments:: Mister is an active young cat who would benefit from increased mental and physical stimulation to appropriately direct his energy. We recommend using fishing pole-type toys as they allow for vigorous and stimulating exercise. Puzzle feeders will also keep him engaged and exercise his brain in addition to his body.
Mister did not appear to like being picked up during his behavior evaluation. Please keep in mind there are many reasons why a cat may be uncomfortable with this type of handling and that this may not necessarily translate into a home environment. We recommend any future home with children be counseled in respecting the cat’s space and for the family to use care when picking him up, especially while he is still adjusting to his new home.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Experience
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
RECOMMENDATIONS:: No young children
Recommendations comments:: Mister interacts with the observer and appreciates attention, but he has a tendency to become a bit excited and hiss/swat after being picked up. His behavior remains suitable for an adopter with an average amount of experience, provided the adopter is aware of these behaviors and is able to comfortably manage them. Though we believe this cat is displaying behaviors appropriate for new or experienced cat parents, he may not be a great fit for young children. Any home with older children prepared to adopt this cat should conduct a thorough interaction and endeavor to monitor this cat around their children to prevent these behaviors from being reinforced.
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Mister is a lively, curious cat who tolerates attention and petting but may be stressed in the shelter. He may need time to warm up to his new home. We recommend that this cat go to a home with experienced cat parents.