KNOWN HISTORY:: Lived Indoors
Previously lived with: One adult, one cat
Behavior toward strangers: Lulu is shy and sometimes fearful around strangers. Her owner stated that she runs and hides from strangers.
Behavior toward children: Lulu is described as very relaxed and affectionate with children. Lulu often spent time with a 2 year old child. Her owner stated that Lulu loved to cuddle with her grandson.
Behavior toward cats: Lulu lived with one other female cat. Lulu was very relaxed and respectful with the other cat. The owner said that both cats would occasionally exuberantly play with each other.
Bite or Scratch history: none
Litter box training: yes
Energy level/descriptors: High energy, mellow, shy, fearful, quiet.
Other notes: Lulu is described as a mellow cat. She is at times fearful and shy.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 3/4/18 Observed Behavior - Growls and hisses when in carrier. Top was removed from carrier and pt allows handling, but is tense
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 3/5/18
Curled up dozing in litter box. Woke and became alert when door opened, eyes dilated, minor lip licking. Leaned slightly into pets, put head down. Hissed and flattened ears entirely when petting stopped. Slowly started eating treats after door closed.
Resting in litter box, looked up and became alert when door opened, eyes dilated. Growled quietly when door opened. Started compulsively lip licking. Lay in place, leaned into pets, frequent pauses to sniff hand, still lip licking. Slowly started eating treats, put ears sideways. Growled again when door closed, finished eating treats, appeared to doze off.
Resting in top cubby today, tense, eyes fully dilated. Started deep growling on approach. Hissed and put ears sideways when spoken to. Lay in place when door opened, hissed again, then started eating offered treats. Tolerated all pets, no leaning today, still growling. Put head down after door closed, appeared to doze off.
Resting in top cubby, head down, eyes still dilated. Became alert when door opened, lifted head, started to eat offered treats. Allowed all pets without growling today, still a little tense, uncomfortable.
Resting in litter box, eyes almost closed, soft posture. Became alert when door opened, growled quietly, but lay in place. Leaned into pets, then tensed and froze in place when startled by loud noise. Started growling again when door closed.
Curled up asleep in litter box, woke when door opened. Lay in place, soft posture, eyes dilated, started lip licking. Allowed, leaned into head pets. Hissed, put ears sideways, swatted, started growling when pet under chin. Went back to sleep after door closed.
Resting in kennel, head down, eyes dilated. Lay in place when door opened. Allowed, slightly leaned into pets. Started growling quietly when door closed, put head down, appeared to doze off.
Cage Condition:: Cage is neat
Reaction to assessor:: Lulu remains neutral, resting in her litter box during the approach.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Lulu becomes alert with eyes wide open.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Lulu lifts up head with ears erect and forward.
Reaction to touch:: Lulu accepts the touch on the head while lip licking, but began to low growl in place. When attempted to pet along the body she lifts up paw and looks straight on at the hand, but brings it down when the interaction stopped.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Laid back
CHARACTER TYPE: : Curious,Independent
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Experienced, adult only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Lulu may be a little more independent, 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 who understands this cat may need time to warm up to her new home and family at her own pace.