KNOWN HISTORY:: Lived Indoors
Previously lived with: 2 adults 1 child 1 cat
Behavior towards strangers: Lucky is shy for a few minutes but will then be friendly and outgoing.
Behavior towards children: Lucky has lived with an 8 year old child and was described as usually tolerant and relaxed around the child until recently where Lucky became aggressive and scratched the child.
Behavior towards cats: Lucky lived with a 12 year old female cat and was described as relaxed and tolerant of her.
Behavior towards dogs: Lucky has not lived with dogs, it is unknown how she would behave.
Bite or scratch history: Lucky scratched child in previous owner’s home, see bite report for further details.
Litterbox training: Yes
Energy level, descriptors: medium
Other notes: Lucky was described as mellow, friendly, and playful. Lucky will rarely seek attention but be in the same room as someone when they are home. Lucky will play with balls and strings and has been kept indoors only. Lucky will sleep in her cat tree or anywhere in the home. Lucky has been fed both wet and dry food 3 times a day. Lucky is litter box trained with an uncovered box and clumping litter. Lucky will scratch on the furniture.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 04/19/19
Observed Behavior - at front of carrier, curious, comes out on own, more interested in exploring than focusing on people, allows handling with assistance of towel
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 04/21/19
Crouched in front of kennel, eyes alert and face tense. Squints eyes when I reach towards her with the scratcher, then tolerates petting briefly before hissing and batting the bear-claw away, ears flat and eyes continuing to squint shut. Eats all treats offered after I’ve walked away from her kennel. Unsure – needs more time to adjust.
Lying in front of kennel, ears forward and body relaxed. Raises head when spoken to and makes eye contact with soft eyes, then stretches towards the assessor. Allows petting along head and body while leaning in and rolling over onto her side. She stands up with continued petting and steps forward, tail raised and quivering. Allows all petting for duration of today's session. Tensed up and backed away when pick up was attempted. Doing well!
Cage Condition:: Cage is neat
Reaction to assessor:: Lucky is crouched in the back of her kennel as the assessor approaches, body low and tense. Her gaze is fixed on the assessor.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Lucky steps forward with a low body when spoken to, then looks around the room.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Lucky lowers her body further as the cage door opens.
Reaction to touch:: Lucky tolerates petting along her head and body with the assessor's hand while squinting her eyes and tilting her ears. She lowers her body, then raises her rear quickly each time the assessor's hand passes along her back. She becomes uncomfortable after a few more moments and hisses, then turns to swat at the assessor's hands, ears now flattened completely.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Moderate
CHARACTER TYPE: : Curious,Timid
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Other
Potential challenges comments:: While Lucky is social and affectionate in a home environment, we are seeing behavior in the shelter that is not noted on their profile. She has shown signs of petting induced aggression while interacting with the assessor and does not currently allow petting or handling. We cannot be sure that this cat will respond the same way in a home environment, but we believe the behavior seen is exhibited due to being in a high stressful environment. We are basing the determination primarily on the owner profile, but we advise that adopters are aware of the behavior and that she may need to warm up to her new home and family at her own pace.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Experienced, adult only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Lucky tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter, and may be intimidated by small children. She has been showing signs of petting induced aggression while here in our care center, and may need time to warm up to her 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.