Animal Profile


Ellie

Hello, my name is Ellie. My animal id is #126965. I am a desexed female gray cat at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 8 years 2 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 10/3/2021, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- new baby.

Ellie is on the emergency placement list due to behavior. She is not thriving in the care center and continues to display distance-increasing behavior when approached for interactions. She spends most of her time hiding and appears to be deteriorating; she hisses, growls, and spits from within the den to avoid interactions. Due to her stress levels, it is in her best interest to move out of the kennel environment and into a stable home as quickly as possible. She would do best in a home with adopters who are willing to give her plenty of time and space to adjust, and who have experience with helping a fearful cat adjust to strangers.

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 /> Ellie is on the emergency placement list due to behavior. She is not thriving in the care center and continues to display distance-increasing behavior when approached for interactions. She spends most of her time hiding and appears to be deteriorating; she hisses, growls, and spits from within the den to avoid interactions. Due to her stress levels, it is in her best interest to move out of the kennel environment and into a stable home as quickly as possible. She would do best in a home with adopters who are willing to give her plenty of time and space to adjust, and who has experience with helping a fearful cat adjust to strangers.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 9.76 lbs

10/3/2021

DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 8 years old according to previous owner and seems accurate based on the condition of teeth and eyes Microchip noted on Intake? Negative History: Owner surrender Subjective: BAR H pink 1 sec Observed Behavior - FAS; whale eyed; hissing Evidence of Cruelty seen - No Evidence of Trauma seen - No Objective P = 200hr R = 40rr BCS 7/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: 1-2/4 dental issues PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: FS; has a tattoo MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat; overweight CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment - overweight - dental tartar Prognosis: Good Plan: Intake procedures would benefit from dental cleaning sq fluids- 150 mls LRS to support hydration during the transition into shelter life

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

Date of Intake: 10/3/2021

Spay/Neuter status: Yes

Is this cat having litter box issues?: Yes

Basic Information:: Ellie is an 8 year old female, spayed, domestic short haired cat. She was originally adopted off of craigslist and has been in the previous owner's care over the past 7 years. The client needed to surrender due to urination throughout the house, and new aggressive behavior issues which have been coming on lately.

If yes, Please elaborate:: Ellie has been noted to spray and pee outside of the litter box when something upsets her. This has been noted to happen over the past 3 years. Ellie has been brought to a vet for these issues, but no explanation has been provided.

Previously lived with:: Adults, Children, Cats,

How is this cat around strangers?: Ellie is described as fearful and shy for a few minutes around strangers, but will usually warm up and play gently with adults.

How is this cat around children?: Ellie is described as usually tolerant around children, but will not play with them.

How is this cat around other cats?: Ellie is described as respectful around other cats, and has been noted to play exuberantly and somewhat rough, but ultimately successfully with a kitten for 3-4 months.

How is this cat around dogs?: Ellie has no reported interactions with dogs

Behavior Notes: Ellie has been noted to scratch furniture and drapes, and to intentionally urinate outside of her litterbox when something upsets her. She has also hissed swatted, and threatened to scratch and/or bite people in the house. Ellie has never been given a bath. She may become afraid, struggle, or hiss when someone trims her nails, or picks up and holds her. She enjoys being brushed, and isn't bothered when someone puts her in a carrier, or disturbs her sleep.

Bite history:: Ellie has no bite history towards humans or other animals.

Energy level/descriptors:: Medium

Has this cat ever had any medical issues?: No

Medical Notes: Ellie's last vet visit was noted as July of 2021 at Bond Vet.

For a New Family to Know: Ellie is described as affectionate, mellow, shy, and quiet. The previous owner's favorite things about Ellie are that she is very affectionate and loves to cuddle. When someone is home Ellie tends to be in the same room, or in a favorite spot. Ellie enjoys playing with string, wand toys, and laser pointers. She has been kept indoors only and enjoyed sleeping in bed with the previous owner or close by. Ellie eats both wet and dry food, about 1/2 a can a day. Ellie is litterbox trained using a hooded or automatic litter box using clumping or crystal litter. Ellie may scratch on furniture, drapes, or on scratching posts made of rough rope.

KNOWN HISTORY:: Lived Indoors Previously lived with: Adults, Children, Cats Behavior toward strangers: Ellie is described as fearful and shy for a few minutes around strangers, but will usually warm up and play gently with adults. Behavior toward children: Usually tolerant but will not play with them. Behavior toward cats: Respectful around other cats, and has been noted to play exuberantly and somewhat rough, but ultimately successfully with a kitten for 3-4 months. Bite or Scratch history: Previous bite history with owners. Litter box training: Ellie is litterbox trained using a hooded with clumping or crystal litter. Energy level/descriptors: Medium Other notes: Ellie is described as affectionate, mellow, shy, and quiet. The previous owner's favorite things about Ellie are that she is very affectionate and loves to cuddle.

ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 10/4/21 Inside den, no response or movement when coaxed or when opening the door. I slowly turned the den around to get a better look at her body posture and she was crouched over, watching me with dilated eyes. She remains immobile as I extend scratcher and offer treats, but lets me pet her gently on the head and chin. Seems wary and unsure so I kept the interaction short and offered cage covers for extra privacy. 10/5/21 Lying inside den today too. Spent some time with her talking softly and offering treats and different enrichment. She sniffs the treats but doesn't eat them. Makes eye contact with wide pupils and starts to growl to stop the interaction. 10/12/21 Seems to be deteriorating. She is inside her den and focuses on me with dilated eyes, sniffing through the holes. She starts to growl loudly when softly spoken to, and then spits from inside the den. I tried to offer treats but she doesn't show interest and will continue to growl loudly from inside. Sprayed feliway and spent time coaxing her but is unwilling to come out.

ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Subdued

VOCAL:: Quiet

CHARACTER TYPE: : Timid,Skittish,Independent

POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful,New home adjustment period,Adult cat socialization

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Level 3

BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Ellie was hiding in den when approached by the assessor. The den was turned facing the front to be able to interact with her. Alert with eyes wide. Ears erect and forward. She tensed up and stiffened while accepting pets. After a few, strokes she began to low growl and the interaction stopped to avoid any possible further escalation. Ellie tolerates attention and petting but appears fearful or stressed in the shelter. She may be a little more independent, and may need time to warm up to her new home. We recommend that this cat go to a home with experienced cat parents.