KNOWN HISTORY:: Moe was brought in with limited owner information so we cannot speak to his behavior in his previous home.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 9/29/18
Observed behavior: tense, nervous, but allowed handling if we took it slow
Cage Condition:: Cage is slightly re-arranged
Reaction to assessor:: Moe is asleep in his den on approach.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Moe briefly opens his eyes, then goes back to sleep.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Moe wakes up fully and becomes alert with dilated eyes.
Reaction to touch:: Moe allows the stroke but remains tense and starts lip licking.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Mellow
CHARACTER TYPE: : Shy ,Calm,Timid
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Moe 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:: Moe 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.