Animal Profile


Mi Nino

Hello, my name is Mi Nino. My animal id is #127277. I am a male gray tabby cat at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years 2 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a euthanasia request on 9/29/2021.

Reserved

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

Mi Nino is on the emergency list due to behavior. Although he has been social, friendly, and interactive during his stay in the care center, he was brought in with two severe bite incidences. We believe the circumstances and his environment may have led him to become reactive during those incidences, but due to the severity of the bites, it is in his best interest to move out of the shelter environment with experienced owners who are familiar with signs of behavioral arousal and agitation in cats. He would do best in a home with adopters who are willing to give a cat with an unfortunate history a chance and who have experience using positive reinforcement to help a nervous cat adjust.

Let's get to know each other a bit more...

<a href="https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List">This animal needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information.</a><br /><br /> Update: 10/14/21 After 15 days in the shelter, Mi Nino, has from day one shown consistently great behavior consistent with a friendly, sweet and well-adjusted cat. There have been no incidents, not one, that would even suggest that he can be aggressive, and the longer he demonstrates this the more we can suspect that the bite incidents, which did occur, may have been connected to an uncomfortable environment, stressful handing (bathing on day 1 in the home), being unneutered at the time and seeing another cat. In the shelter his behavior is level 1, but we are continuing to give his behavior determination New Hope only due to the history. --- Mi Nino is on the emergency list due to behavior. Although he has been social, friendly, and interactive during his stay in the care center, he was brought in with two severe bite incidences. We believe the circumstances and his environment may have led him to become reactive during those instances, but due to the severity of the incidences, it is in his best interest to move to a calmer environment with experienced owners who are familiar with signs of behavioral arousal and agitation in cats. He would do best in a home with adopters who are willing to give a cat with a bad history a chance and who have experience using positive reinforcement to help a nervous cat adjust. --- A volunteer writes: Mi Niño is a charming gentleman of a cat. He has spectacular manners and patiently waits at the front of his condo for visitors to stop by. Curious about people and heart-warmingly friendly, Mi Niño will gently nuzzle into your hand as you pet him. He loves to be included in what you're doing and what's happening around him. And while Mi Niño enjoys watching staff and volunteers, this precious and social boy is really on the lookout for his forever family. We know he will be a great addition to yours!

My medical notes are...

Weight: 9.6 lbs

9/30/2021

DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: Reported 1 year old; exam is consistent with 1-2 years Microchip noted on Intake? Scanned negative History: Pt was found as a stray kitten about a year ago. Pt was just rehomed recently and pt bit several people extensively. Subjective: Alert in kennel, watchful Observed Behavior - Due to behavior concerns, sedated with Dexdomitor 0.5 mg/ml 0.25 ml IM + butorphanol 0.15 ml IM. Pt was very still when he was injected, did not move at all. Reversed with atipamezole 5 mg/ml 0.12 ml IM afterwards. Evidence of Cruelty seen - None Evidence of Trauma seen - None Objective BAR-H, BCS 5/9, MMs pink and moist EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: Clean adult teeth PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, Lungs clear, eupnic, no coughing or sneezing ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated, not distended, soft U/G: Male intact, testicles S/S MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Normal externally Wood's Lamp Exam: N/A Assessment: Apparently healthy, severe behavioral concerns Prognosis: Excellent physically Plan: Provide low-stress environment SURGERY: Okay for surgery if placed after hold 1088

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

KNOWN HISTORY:: Mi Nino was brought in without information on his behavior history in a home environment.

ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 9/30/21 Poking his head out through the den portal. Makes eye contact with wide pupils, alert and curious. Comes out after a moment and sits by the front. Starts to rub against the door with sweet talk, tail high but pilo-erect, a sign of over-stimulation. Accepts gentle petting on his head and rolls over onto his side for attention while kneading and purring. He goes to use the litter box and sprays on the walls. Sweet and social but still adjusting. Gave a kennel blocker to reduce stimuli and a hidey box as well. 10/1/21 By the front, seeking attention. Head rubbing the kennel door. Rolling around in place. When interacting he quickly head bunts the hand appreciating the interaction. Loose body with tail high. Eyes remain soft. Purrs throughout. Enjoys offered squeeze up treats. 10/3/21 Lying by the front with his paws tucked underneath. He soft blinks when spoken softly and enjoys gentle head rubs. He didn't seem to want attention at the moment as he just remained laying by the front. Left treats and toys for later. 10/4/21 Lying by the front, looking out with soft eyes. He stretches and comes to the front as I open the door, sniffs my hand and accepts petting. He arches his body, leans in for cheek rubs, and looks around the room with his tail held high. His body is soft and he nibbles on treats offered. 10/5/21 Lying by the front, paws tucked underneath. Remains in place when opening the door and soft blinks. Leans in with cheek rubs and allows a long session of cheek scratches. Not interested in the tower of tracks offered. Remains by the front throughout the interaction with a relaxed body. 10/6/21n Resting on approach but immediately perks up when opening the kennel door. Solicits attention and purrs throughout the interaction when petted. Loose body with tail high. Appreciates attention. Shows no interest for tuna on the lick mat for enrichment. 10/7/21 Lying with paws tucked underneath and a soft body. Soft blinks when spoken softly and watches bubble show in place. Quickly comes forward when opening the door and greets with tail high. He head-butts and enjoys head and chin scratches, leaning in for a long time (my shoulder was starting to hurt) His back skin was twitching from time to time so no petting was done not to make him uncomfortable. He was batting the puzzle feeder around when some treats were put inside. 10/12/21 Comes to the front with a soft and relaxed body posture, making eye contact with me when coaxed. Starts to rub against the door and allows gentle petting on his head and body when the door opens. Eats treats offered and seems to be doing well.

ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Mellow

VOCAL:: Quiet

CHARACTER TYPE: : Social,Calm,Sweet,Affectionate,People oriented

POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: New home adjustment period

Potential challenges comments:: See behavior flyer

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : New Hope Only

RECOMMENDATIONS:: Adult only home,No other cats OR multi-cat home with adopters experienced with introducing new cats

Recommendations comments:: Due to bite history and possible redirection from seeing another cat.

BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Mi Nino was calm, at the front, began eating treats through the door but once the door was opened he preferred petting to eating. He arched his back with a high, slightly pilo-erected tail at the base, but enjoyed all petting, while remaining curious about his surroundings. He was relaxed when picked up and placed inside his hidey box. Despite his excellent behavior in the shelter, due to his bite history we recommend that he be monitored with care in his new home or environment for a period of time to insure that his transition goes well. He should be given adequate space in an enclosed area with plenty of enrichment and options to express needs and choices such as a climbing tree, tunnels, puzzle feeders, etc. During this period of observation we recommend limited contact particularly for the first few days and especially if he is showing signs of stress, anxiety or arousal. Due to the possibility that one of his bite incidents was the result of redirection when catching sight of another cat in the home we recommend that he not go to a home with other cats. He should also not be subject to stressful activities at first like baths, nail trims, grooming, car rides or other forms of transport. At the shelter he is displaying consistently level 1 behaviors but because of his bite history we are making him New Hope only. Please see all bite reports as well as the GAN dated 10/01/2021 when making placement decisions.