KNOWN HISTORY:: Whitney Lived Indoors
Previously lived with: 2 adults, 1 cat
Behavior toward strangers: Whitney is described as a friendly and outgoing gal, she loves to be petted.
Behavior toward children: Behavior around children is unknown
Behavior toward cats: Whitney previously lived with a 12 year old spayed female. Around her she was relaxed and affectionate and could be found sleeping with her.
Behavior toward dogs: Behavior around dogs is unknown
Bite or Scratch history: Whitney has not bitten or scratched previous family
Litter box training: Yes
Energy level/descriptors: medium, affectionate, playful
Other notes: Whitney is described as a friendly, affectionate and playful gal. In the home she will follow you around or be in the same room as you. She isn't really interested by toys. She could be found sleeping anywhere she can with her litter mate. She was fed a meow mix dry diet. She used an uncovered litter box with clumping litter. She used a scratching post made of carpet
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 02/06/19 Observed Behavior -friendly, allowed all handling. Did not like excessive restraint
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 02/06/19
Crouched in back of kennel, body low and tense. Avoids eye contact when spoken to, then turns head towards portal as I open the kennel door. She tolerates petting along her head and body while remaining very still and looking around the room. Unsure - needs more time to adjust.
Laying in the center of her kennel with her face rested on her front paws when the assessor approaches her kennel. When spoken to she avoids eye contact. She hisses when the kennel door opens and when softly pet by the assessor but allows. Nervous. Still needs time to adjust.
Laying low and tense in her litter box when the assessor approaches Whitney's face is hidden in litter. When the kennel door opens she begins to grumble softly. When pet with the scratcher she pushes her face more in the litter box but after time shell lift her head and hiss. Nervous., Still needs time to adjust. Sprayed feliway and gave hiding spot.
Laying in her litter curled up when the assessor approaches. When spoken to she looks up, chirps and rubs on her litter box. When the kennel door opens she hisses. When approached with the scratcher she leans in, chirps and rolls. She allows the assessor to pet her with his hands and will come forward and chirp for attention. Did great today!
Cage Condition:: Cage is neat
Reaction to assessor:: Whitney is laying low and tense in her litter box when the assessor approaches.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Whitney makes eye contact with the assessor and tilts her ears when softly spoken to.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Whitney tucks her face in her litter box when the kennel doro opens and tenses up her body.
Reaction to touch:: Whitney allows all petting but continues to bury her face in her litter to try and hide. She is very tense when pet and eventually whipped her head back, hisses and hid her face again when pet.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Mellow
CHARACTER TYPE: : Shy ,Timid
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Whitney has displayed fearful behavior during their stay in the care center and has displayed distance-increasing behavior with extended handling. Fear aggression can occur when a cat perceives a threat and may escalate if they cannot escape. A fearful cat will feel more relaxed when given options, so provide 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: : Experience
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
RECOMMENDATIONS:: No young children
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Whitney tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter and may need time to warm up to her new home. We recommend that this cat go to a home with experienced cat parents with no young children.