KNOWN HISTORY:: Casey was brought in as a stray, so there is no information on their behavior history or tendencies in their previous home. Her finder reports she will try to flee and hide.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 02/11/18
Observed Behavior - hunched in corner, very scared, tries to flee, when unable to flee, tries to bite
Cage Condition:: Cage is recently cleaned
Reaction to assessor:: Casey was lying down, calm and relaxed.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Casey looks at the assessor with his ears tilted slightly to the side.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Casey becomes stiff and alert.
Reaction to touch:: Casey was hesitant of touch and attempts to shift away very slightly, but he allows gentle petting and remains in place while looking around at his surroundings.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Mellow
CHARACTER TYPE: : Shy ,Timid,Independent
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Casey has displayed fearful behavior during their stay in the care center and appears uncomfortable with extended handling. A fearful cat will feel more relaxed when given options, so provide him 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:: Casey tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter, and may be intimidated by small children. Due to the behaviors seen in the care center, we feel that this cat will do best in an experienced, adult only home.