KNOWN HISTORY:: Kitty was brought into our care center as a stray so we have no previous history available.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 05/05/19
Observed Behavior - mildly tense but does not struggle during exam, no hissing or swatting
Cage Condition:: Cage is neat
Reaction to assessor:: Kitty is lying in her litterbox, body and face tense. His gaze is focused on the assessor.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Kitty makes and maintains eye contact when spoken to.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Kitty lowers her body further into his litterbox as the cage door opens, then growls and hisses.
Reaction to touch:: Kitty tolerates slow and gentle petting with the scratcher while whipping his head back and raising his paw in warning.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Moderate
CHARACTER TYPE: : Independent
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Kitty 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 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:: Kitty tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter, and may be intimidated by small children. He may be a little more independent, and may need time to warm up to his 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.