KNOWN HISTORY:: Indoor
Previously lived with: 1 Adult, 60+ other cats
Behavior toward strangers: When a stranger would approach animal, animal will flee
Behavior toward children: No children in the home, information is unknown
Behavior toward cats: Animal lived with over 60+ other cats in the home and was respectful around the other animals.
Behavior toward dogs: No dogs in home, information is unknown
Bite or Scratch history: Unknown
Litter box training: Yes
Energy level/descriptors: medium
Other notes: Behavior during intake: Animal was fleeing when staff approached. No handling was able to be done.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 08/23/19
Observed Behavior - Scared. Caution. Go slow. Did flee.
Reaction to assessor:: Brighton is hunched in her litterbox as the assessor approaches, body and face tense and tail curled around body.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Brighton makes eye contact and flattens her ears when spoken to.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Brighton leans away from the assessor as the kennel door opens, ears flat and whiskers pulled back from face.
Reaction to touch:: Brighton tolerates petting along her head and body with the assessor’s hand while flattening ears further and hissing. She flinches and backs away with continued petting while looking around the room and tucking tail beneath body.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Moderate
CHARACTER TYPE: : Timid,Skittish,Independent
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Bret has displayed fearful behavior during their stay in the care center and may dislike certain types of handling. A fearful cat will feel more relaxed when given options, so provide him/her with the chance to move closer, investigate, or interact with you. Be sure to offer incentive such as treats or play time whenever the cat makes a small positive step. Please speak to an adoption counselor for additional information on methods to desensitize your cat to their fear stimulus.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Experienced, adult only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Bret tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter, and may be intimidated by small children. She 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.