KNOWN HISTORY:: Titi was brought into our care center as a stray so we have no previous history available.
Cage Condition:: No change
Reaction to assessor:: Titi is lying in the back of her kennel as the assessor approaches, body low and tense.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Titi makes eye contact and tilts her ears when spoken to. Her whiskers are pulled away from her face.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Titi shifts her weight as the cage door opens.
Reaction to touch:: Titi tolerates petting along her head and body with the assessor's hand while flattening her ears and turning her head to watch the hand. Her ears are flat and her face is tense.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Mellow
CHARACTER TYPE: : Independent
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Titi 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/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. Please speak to an adoption counselor for additional information on methods to desensitize your cat to their fear stimulus.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Experience
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Titi may be a little more independent, and may need time to warm up to his/her new home. We recommend that this cat go to a home with experienced cat parents.