Animal Profile


Soul Jay

Hello, my name is Soul Jay. My animal id is #182521. I am a male brown tabby cat at the . The shelter thinks I am about 1 years 1 months 4 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 9/15/2023, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- landlord won't allow.

Reserved

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

Soul Jay is on the emergency placement list due to behavior. He is not thriving in the care center and continues to display distance-increasing behavior such as hiding, spitting, hissing, and swatting when approached for interactions. He has not warmed up despite staff using treats to build a positive association. Due to his stress levels, it is in his best interest to move out of the kennel environment and into a stable home as quickly as possible. He would do best in a home with adopters who are willing to give him 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...

This pet needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information. Soul Jay is on the emergency placement list due to behavior. He is not thriving in the care center and continues to display distance-increasing behavior such as hiding, spitting, hissing, and swatting when approached for interactions. He has not warmed up despite staff using treats to build a positive association. Due to his stress levels, it is in his best interest to move out of the kennel environment and into a stable home as quickly as possible. He would do best in a home with adopters who are willing to give him plenty of time and space to adjust, and who have experience with helping a fearful cat adjust to strangers. Please check here for updated adoption hours. Meet Soul Jay, a stunning white and brown tabby with mesmerizing yellow eyes and a heart full of untapped potential. Soul Jay's previous owner praised him for his compatibility with older, more mature children, showcasing his gentle and well-mannered disposition. In his previous home, Soul Jay was not just a couch potato but also an enthusiastic playmate for fellow feline friends, demonstrating his ability to adapt and form bonds. He's been known to find joy in chasing after bugs, showcasing a playful side waiting to be rediscovered. Currently, Soul Jay is facing some challenges in the shelter. His reluctance to allow petting may be due to a small wound that needs attention but hasn't received proper care because of his temporary temperament issues. In this unfamiliar and sometimes intimidating environment, he understandably feels fearful. With the right understanding and support, Soul Jay can blossom into the loving and affectionate companion he once was. By offering him a safe space and the care he deserves, you have the opportunity to help Soul Jay regain his confidence and trust in people. If you're a rescue organization or an experienced adopter looking to make a difference in this handsome boy's life, consider giving Soul Jay a chance to heal both physically and emotionally. With patience and love, he has the potential to become a devoted and loyal member of a caring forever family.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 9.8 lbs

9/23/2023

DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: Per O 1 year based on PE would estimate anywhere from 1-3 yrs Microchip noted on Intake? No History: OS Subjective: BARH, no c/s/v/d. Observed Behavior - Nervous and tense, initially hissing in den. However once removed from den is frozen in place. Allowed all handling. Is there evidence of Cruelty? No Is there evidence of Neglect? No Is there evidence of Trauma? No Objective P = WNL R = WNL BCS = 6/9 EENT: No ocular/nasal discharge. AU clear of debris/cerumen. Oral Exam: clean adult dentition, no oral lesions. MM pink, moist, CRT <2s. PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: No HM or arrhythmias ausculted. Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Tense, non painful, no masses palpated U/G: MI, 2 palpable testicles, no discharge MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat, wound (aprox 1-1.5cin in diameter) noted on lateral aspect of FRL, uncomfortable on palpation, no fractures/swelling/crepitus appreciated on palpation CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Not performed, externally normal Assessment Wound Prognosis: Good Plan: CTM while at BACC Clipped and cleaned wound Onsior 2mg/kg SQ once Start onsior 6mg PO SID x 2 days (starting tomorrow) Recheck wound in 5 days. No lameness was appreciated today however consider radiographs if lameness or no improvement is noted on wound at recheck SURGERY: Okay for surgery

9/28/2023

Recheck wound RFL - hissing, growling, striking when attempting to visualize wound hands-off, attempted to nudge cat for better visualization and he continued to strike. Wound appears moist - unable to assess further. Plan: Scheduled for sedated exam tomorrow

9/29/2023

Sedated for wound recheck - dexmedetomidine 0.01 ml IM + butorphanol 0.2 mg/kg IM. Wound at RF lateral antebrachium with crusts/scabs, approx 2cm, with damp fur surrounding suggestive of active discharge Clipped and cleaned wound wound, flushed with saline Rads of RFL - NSF, no abnormal orthopedic findings Plan: Convenia 8 mg/kg SQ once Onsior 2 mg/kg SQ once Zorbium applied Start gabapentin 20 mg/kg PO BID for FAS and pain Recheck wound (ideally visual only) in 5 days

10/4/2023

Visual recheck of wound RFL - Extremely fractious when approached, hissing/growling/striking. Wound appears similar size with moist yellow discharge appreciated, bright pink tissue visible centrally. A: Wound - no significant improvement in 5 days P: Start gabapentin 20 mg/kg PO BID for FAS (and possible pain) Scheduled sedated recheck for closer inspection

10/5/2023

Sedated with butorphanol 0.2 mg/kg and dexdomitor 10 mcg/kg IM for wound eval. Moderate dried discharge surrounding wound; no active discharge noted. ~1/2 to 1 cm scab in center of wound. Cleaned with dilute chlorhexidine. Watched patient return to den after sedation- no lameness noted Plan: Recheck in 7 days- if no improvement, consider wound culture

10/12/2023

Recheck wound RFL - Extremely fractious in kennel, swats and bites at pole used to close side door on den, actively swatting/spitting/growling when attempting visual exam to check wound. RFL - small area <1cm of erythematous tissue visible; unable to examine more closely due to behavior A: Wound - healing slowly Plan: No additional treatment at this time, does not appear to be infected Suspect slow healing due to extremely high FAS/spending all his time hunched in den. Recommend placement for appropriate environment for healing

10/20/2023

Visual recheck RFL - growling and striking in den, erythematous lesion at lateral RFL is approx 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm diameter with a small scab, area is dry with no active discharge. A: Wound - slow healing P: CTM and recheck wound in 10 days Continue gabapentin for high FAS

10/31/2023

Visual recheck of wound - BAR, hissing and striking from den when approached; wound at lateral RFL - healing pink tissue visible, wound appears slightly smaller/more contracted than last exam. Plan: Continue to monitor slowly healing wound, no signs of infection Visual recheck in 2 weeks

11/14/2023

Recheck wound Patient BAR, hissing and striking from within den. Wound is only visible as small pink spot on R lateral antebrachium- appears healed, suspect pink area is new tissue. Hair regrowing around wound. Unable to examine more closely d/t behavior. Patient appears comfortable on both front legs- strikes hard with each leg, weight bearing with no noted lameness x 4. A: Wound- healed P: No further treatment indicated, continue gabapentin for FAS

11/16/2023

Canceled gabapentin- patient will not eat it when placed near front of cage and staff are unable to safely place gabapentin at back of cage d/t behavior.

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

Upon intake he was he was very fearful and was trying to hide in carrier. However, he allowed counselor to pick him up and place him in den.

Spay/Neuter status: Unknown

Date of Intake: 9/15/2023

Is this cat having litter box issues?: No

Basic Information:: Soulja Boy and another cat were surrendered due to their owner's landlord not allowing cats in the building.

Previously lived with:: 4 Adults

How is this cat around strangers?: Around strangers, he can be shy initially, but after he warms up he is friendly.

How is this cat around children?: Around children he hides initially but warms up and is friendly and outgoing after some time.

How is this cat around other cats?: Around the other cat in the home he was friendly. They would play rough together.

How is this cat around dogs?: He lived with 3 dogs in the home and was tolerant around them.

Behavior Notes: He struggles when having his nails trimmed and when being put in a carrier. He is unbothered being picked up and enjoys being brushed.

Bite history:: There is no bite history.

Energy level/descriptors:: High

Has this cat ever had any medical issues?: No

For a New Family to Know: He is described as friendly, affectionate, and bold, but can also be a couch potato and fearful. He is an indoor only cat and likes to spend time looking out the window in the living room. He enjoys playing with things that crinkle and likes chasing bugs. He plays rough with people and cats. He also enjoys using his horizontal scratching post. He sometimes scratches furniture. He is fully litterbox trained and shares 3 litterboxes with the other cat. They use a covered litterbox with scented clumping clay litter.

KNOWN HISTORY:: Lived Indoors Previously lived with: 4 Adults Behavior toward strangers: Around strangers, he can be shy initially, but after he warms up he is friendly. Behavior toward children: Around children he hides initially but warms up and is friendly and outgoing after some time. Behavior toward cats: Around the other cat in the home he was friendly. They would play rough together. Behavior toward dogs: He lived with 3 dogs in the home and was tolerant around them. Bite or Scratch history: None Litter box training: Yes Energy level/descriptors: High Other notes: He is described as friendly, affectionate, and bold, but can also be a couch potato and fearful. He is an indoor only cat and likes to spend time looking out the window in the living room. He enjoys playing with things that crinkle and likes chasing bugs. He plays rough with people and cats. He also enjoys using his horizontal scratching post. He sometimes scratches furniture. He is fully litterbox trained and shares 3 litterboxes with the other cat. They use a covered litterbox with scented clumping clay litter. Upon intake he was he was very fearful and was trying to hide in carrier. However, he allowed counselor to pick him up and place him in den.

ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 9/20/23 In his den completely hidden from view as I approach, and I am unable to coax him out when spoken to softly or when treats are offered. I leave him a tray with squeeze up near the den opening for him to eat later when he is alone. 9/24/23 Hiding in cat den upon approach, back legs visible from his curled up position through the den door. He does not respond when spoken to and he remains hidden and silent when offered squeeze-ups right next to his den opening. Nervous boy... I do not push petting today. When I check on him later I see the treats have still not been touched. 9/26/23 Hiding in cat den upon approach, body and face tense, eyes squinted and tail wrapped tightly around his body. He watches me through his slitted eyes and does not respond when offered treats or a catnip toy. I do not push petting today to avoid creating a negative association. Not interested in interaction at this time. 10/01/23 Hiding in cat den upon approach, body and face tense. He is mostly hidden from view with the side of his face visible and tensed. He does not respond when offered treaties and a catnip toy. I speak to him softly and end the session. 10/05/23 Hiding in cat den upon approach, no part of him is visible to view at this time. He has been consistently unresponsive to treats or toys at this time. Short interaction today. I blow some bubbles in front of his kennel as well, for visual enrichment. 10/15/23 In cat den upon approach, completely hidden from view. I leave him some treats and a catnip toy closer to the front of his kennel, since the last time I tried to leave treats closer to him he swatted the squeeze-ups and made a bit of a mess. He is not doing well here... the environment is too overwhelming. Showing consistent distance increasing behaviors. He would benefit from placement at this time. He does well in a home, according to his previous owner's surrender profile. 10/19/23 Soul Jay has been showing consistent behaviors in our care center and has not shown improvement with daily interactions or enrichment offered. For this reason, the feline behavior team is going to discontinue recording daily behavior notes in Shelter Buddy. He is still going to receive daily enrichment and we will continue to monitor their behavior. Notes will resume if we notice any changes in behavior.

ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Subdued

VOCAL:: Quiet

CHARACTER TYPE: : Bold,Independent

POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: New home adjustment period,Fearful

Potential challenges comments:: Please see behavior flyer for more information.

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Level 4

RECOMMENDATIONS:: No young children

BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Soul Jay was hiding in his cat den as the assessor approached, body and face tense and tail wrapped tightly around his body. Soul Jay did not respond when spoken to or as the kennel door opened. Soul Jay tolerated petting from within his den with the assessor's hand while hissing, flattening his ears and turning his head slowly to watch the hand with wide eyes. Pick up was not attempted at this time to reduce stress. Although tolerant of interaction initially, Soul Jay no longer allows petting or handling. Soul Jay can be found in his cat den most of the time. He will swat out through his den door when approached for any time of interaction. Pick up is not able to be attempted at this time. Upon re-eval, Soul Jay is continuing to no longer be open to interactions and showed behaviors similar to his last evaluation. Soul Jay is not open to interaction at this time and does not currently tolerate petting or handling. Because his previous owner reports he is friendly and affectionate in a home environment, we believe the behavior seen in the care center is shelter-specific and this cat would make a great pet, but is really struggling in the shelter environment. This cat is suitable for adopters with previous cat experience who are willing to work with a cat who needs time and patience to help him adjust to their new home. Due to the behaviors seen in the care center, we feel that this cat will do best in an experienced home with adopters who are willing to work with a cat who needs time and patience to help him adjust to their new home.