KNOWN HISTORY:: Velma was brought in as a stray, there is no known information on her behavior history in a home environment.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 5/31/19
Limited window for medical handling, tolerates exam, started growling/hissing during venipuncture.
Hiding in den. Chirps upon approach but low growls and swats at the scratcher tool. Ate chicken fillet offered. Very tense.
Hiding in the den. Lip licks and tenses up when the scratcher tool is extended but eats the treats offered. She allows a few gentle strokes on the head while eating treats but shifts back. Comes out when the interaction ends and eats treats left outside. Not hissing or swatting today!
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 6/04/19
Hiding in den. Chirps upon approach but low growls and swats at the scratcher tool when extended. Ate chicken fillet offered. Very tense.
Lying inside of den with head by the opening. Looks up at the assessor and avert her gaze when coaxed. Becomes stiff and alert when cage door opens and focuses on scratcher tool, leaning away as it slowly extends toward her. She allows treats to be dropped by the opening and allows petting through den hole on her body, but huffs and puffs and starts to growl. She angrily nom noms and eats her treats while being touched on her body through den hold.
Resting in the den. She sniffs the assessor's hand when extended and allows petting on the head and back but is unresponsive, lip licking. She doesn't come out when coaxed with treats but eats them in her den. Still tense.
Reaction to assessor:: Velma is in the den. She peeks through the holes with dilated pupils but remains in place.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Velma continues to make eye contact with wide eyes and peeks out through the den’s portal and retreats.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Velma remains inside the den.
Reaction to touch:: Velma starts low growling when the den is moved sideways for access. She sniffs the assessor’s hand when extended and tolerates petting on the head and body but starts to growl and swat after a three strokes. She was interested in treats.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Mellow
CHARACTER TYPE: : Bold,Independent
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Velma has displayed fearful behavior during her stay in the care center and has displayed distance-increasing behavior with minimal 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.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : New hope only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Velma is displaying behaviors that preclude placement. She has tried to swat, is extremely fearful in the shelter environment and does not currently tolerate petting or handling. The behavior department feels that placement with a New Hope Partner is the best option at this time.