Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Velma. My animal id is #64488. I am a desexed female gray tabby cat at the . The shelter thinks I am about 9 years 1 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a stray on 5/31/2019.


Someone has already placed a deposit on me. I'm no longer available.

Velma is at risk for behavioral reasons. Velma has not acclimated well to the care center and has exhibited distance increasing behaviors. Velma would be best suited for placement with a new hope partner that can provide gradual behavior modification. Medically, Velma is a senior cat with some underlying issues.

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A staff member writes: I am very shy and curious but during my time here I find I could use a break. Can you help me out? - I am looking for a home with a patient person. - I can be a little worried meeting new people. Give me some time (and plenty of treats) to get to know you! - I prefer to call the shots like most cats and enjoy coming to you when I'm ready for pets. - I can be slow to adjust to new environments and the big world around me. I prefer to take things at my own pace.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 13.4 lbs


[DVM Intake] DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: ~9-10 yr Microchip noted on Intake? yes Microchip Number (If Applicable): 981000300328602 History : Stray Subjective: BARH Observed Behavior - Limited window for medical handling, tolerates exam, started growling/hissing during venipuncture Evidence of Cruelty seen - none Evidence of Trauma seen - none Objective T = none taken P = ~184 bpm R = 30 bpm BCS 6/9 EENT: mydriasis, sluggish PLRs and absent menace OU, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: moderate dental disease PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: FS (palpable spay scar on ventral abdomen), no vulvar d/c, no palpable MGTs MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: not performed Assessment: ~9-10 yr FS DSH Geriatric Dental disease Blind OU Overweight Prognosis: Open pending diagnostics Plan: Recommend gabapentin tomorrow two hours prior to obtaining retro, cbc/chem/T4, and blood pressure. If able to do blood pressure without gabapentin, but may not be able to. Pending diagnostics make available for adoption tomorrow. SURGERY: Already spayed


Hx: Concern for blindness and mydriasis on initial exam, request to perform bloodwork and blood pressure. S: Alert in den, eyes dilated O: BAR, BCS 8/9, MMs pink and moist EENT: No discharge OU, AU, nose. Eyes dilated, normal fundic exams, normal menace response today. Stage 1 gingivitis. PLNs: Not significantly enlarged. H/L: NSR, NMA. Eupnic, quiet lung sounds. Abd: Soft, large, difficult to palpate M/S/I: No skin lesions noted. Neuro: Alert and appropriate, no sign neurological deficiencies. Menace response intact. Pt began to yowl, hiss and claw at handler when BP cuff was placed on the tail. Blood pressure measurement was aborted and pt was sedated for blood collection: Dexdomitor 0.3 ml IM Butorphanol 0.2 ml IM CBC: Hct 44% WBC 8 k/ul - diff unremarkable Plt 44 k/ul Chemistry: Glucose 118 mg/dl BUN 13 mg/dl, creat 1.7 mg/dl Albumin 3.3 g/dl Liver values and electrolytes unremarkable tT4 2.6 ug/dl A: 1. Mydriasis - R/O stress vs. other 2. Pt does not appear to be blind 3. Obese 4. Slightly elevated creatinine Short-term prognosis: Good P: Recommend stress relief and weight loss; monitor BUN/creat 1088


Extending gabapentin Gabapentin 100mg/ml 1.2ml PO q12h


As per Dr. 1088 and ACR - sedation required for blood draw. Sedation: 0.3 mls of dexdomitor .05 mg/ml amd 0.2 mls of butorphanol 10 mg/ml both givn iM at 12:10 pm . reversed at 12:35 pm with 0.3 mls of Antisedan 5 mg/ml.

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

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. 6/4/19 Hiding in den. Chirps upon approach but low growls and swats at the scratcher tool. Ate chicken fillet offered. Very tense. 6/6/19 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. 6/05/19 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. 6/9/19 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.


VOCAL:: Quiet

CHARACTER TYPE: : Bold,Independent


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 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.