Animal Profile


Max

Hello, my name is Max. My animal id is #120410. I am a desexed male black cat at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years 3 months 2 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 7/2/2021, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- owner elderly.

Max is on the emergency placement list due to behavior. He is a long stay and does not appear to be thriving in the care center. Although he has warmed up a little to his caretakers and no longer flinches, he still remains wary of his surroundings and has potential to escalate with extended interactions. He has not improved much despite staff using treats to build a positive association. Due to his tendency to escalate with minimal interactions, we believe 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...

<b><a style="color:red;" href="https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List">This pet needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information.</a></b><br /><br /> <p> A volunteer writes: Max previously lived with one person, but not much information was given about his history. In the shelter, he loves to hear sweet talk and compliments. He is described as being very silly and charming. He likes to chirp and vocalize and will talk back when spoken to in a soft, gentle voice. Max's ideal forever home will be in an adult only home, with an experienced cat parent or parents. <p> Please click on the Adopt Me button to learn more.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 12.9 lbs

7/5/2021

DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 10 years Microchip noted on Intake? negative History: os Subjective: BARH. No csvd. Observed Behavior - hissing, striking, did not calm down. Sedated for full exam. Evidence of Cruelty seen - no Evidence of Trauma seen - no Objective P = wnl R = wnl BCS = 7/9 EENT: Eyes clear, aural hematoma AS, both ears have thick pale yellow dc, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: adult dentition with grade 4/4 dental disease and oligodontia, no oral lesions PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated, difficult to deeply palpate due to large habitus U/G: MI, 2 testicles descended MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Aural hematoma AS with otitis AU Grade 4/4 dental disease with oligodontia Overweight Prognosis: Fair to good Plan: CTM while at BACC Sedate with dexdomitor 10mcg/kg + butorphanol 0.2mg/kg IM, full reversal antisedan BW submitted to Idexx Cleaned ears and applied otipak AU (unable to continually give meds due to behavior) Start gabapentin 100mg PO BID for FAS Due to short staffing unable to repair aural hematoma and neuter today, scheduled for this Saturday SURGERY: Okay for surgery

7/6/2021

CBC-nsf Chem-mild hyperglycemia 214 (72-175), mild hyponatremia 146 (147-157), mild hypochloremia 112 (114-126) T4-wnl Suspect stress hyperglycemia. Rec spot check once out of shelter environment.

7/22/2021

History 7/5/21 os intake: aural hematoma and otitis AS, dental diseae, overweight; sedated for intake due to behavior; cleaned ears, applied otipak, started gabapentin 7/6: bw results -CBC-nsf -Chem-mild hyperglycemia 214 (72-175) - likely stress, mild hyponatremia 146 (147-157), mild hypochloremia 112 (114-126) -T4-wnl Today, 7/22: scheduled for neuter S/O: BARH, no c/s/v/d noted EENT: Eyes clear, no ocular or nasal discharge noted; ears - AS mod-severe dark moist discharge, mod stenosis, very mild fluid pocket in pinna with thickened cartilaginous pinna; AD wnl. Oral Exam: mm pink, CRT <2; missing many teeth, resorptive lesions noted; stage IV ddz Lungs: normal rate/effort, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Male intact, two scrotal testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, no notable lameness; haircoat has some dandruff dorsally, patient BCS 8/9 CNS: Mentation appropriate A: Dental diseae Obese AS otitis + healing hematoma P: Neuter today Cleaned ear thoroughly under sedation Applied tresaderm Ivermectin 0.2 ml SQ once in case of ear mites Will require continued topical aural medication with placement, unable to medicate here. Recommend weight loss and dental procedure with xrays/extractions with placement. Continue gabapentin 20 mg/kg PO BID for FAS in shelter CTM while at BACC SURGERY: Okay for surgery

7/22/2021

Routine Feline Neuter Single incision over midline of scrotum, sharp dissection to exteriorize each testicle Self tie of spermatic cords Green linear tattoo placed Surgeon: 1438 Additional Note: Smooth recovery

8/4/2021

Cat is not taking gabapentin in food. Ok to dc, informed feline behavior team.

8/9/2021

Progress exam-URI noted on rounds History: Intake 7/5/21-aural hematoma, dental disease, overweight. Started on gabapentin, applied otipak CBC-nsf Chem-mild hyperglycemia 214 (72-175), mild hyponatremia 146 (147-157), mild hypochloremia 112 (114-126) T4-wnl 7/22-neutered, hematoma resolving on own. Gave ivermectin and cleaned ears thoroughly 8/4-cat not taking gabapentin, ok to dc Subjective: BAR. Sneezing. Good appetite Objective EENT: Eyes clear, AS has thickened ear, serous nasal d/c H/L: Normal RR/RE, sneezing MSI: Ambulatory x 4, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: URI Grade 4/4 dental disease with oligodontia Obese AS otitis + healing hematoma Prognosis: Good Plan: CTM while at BACC Move to iso Start doxycycline 10mg/kg PO SID x10d until 8/19 Recommend dental with extractions and ear treatment with placement Recheck day 7

8/16/2021

Progress exam History: Intake 7/5/21-aural hematoma, dental disease, overweight. Started on gabapentin, applied otipak CBC-nsf Chem-mild hyperglycemia 214 (72-175), mild hyponatremia 146 (147-157), mild hypochloremia 112 (114-126) T4-wnl 7/22-neutered, hematoma resolving on own. Gave ivermectin and cleaned ears thoroughly 8/4-cat not taking gabapentin, ok to dc 8/9-started on doxycycline for URI (resolved 8/16) Subjective: BAR. No csvd. URI resolved. Great appetite. Objective EENT: Eyes clear, no nasal d/c H/L: Normal RR/RE MSI: Ambulatory x 4, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: URI-RESOLVED Grade 4/4 dental disease with oligodontia Obese AS otitis + healing hematoma Prognosis: Good Plan: CTM while at BACC Ok to move out of iso Continue doxycycline 10mg/kg PO SID until 8/19 Recommend dental with extractions and ear treatment with placement

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

KNOWN HISTORY:: Max was brought in as a stray, there is no known information on his behavior history in a home environment.

ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 7/7/21 Lying in back of kennel, body low and face tense. He makes eye contact when spoken to, eyes wide and pupils dilated, then vocalizes softly and looks away. He flinches initially when offered a treat and I continue to speak to him softly. He eats the treat after a few more moments, so I click and reward to build positive associations. He's very nervous and vocalizes throughout our session - sometimes escalating to a growl, but he eats all the treats offered. I think he has potential to warm up. 7/11/21 Lying in litterbox upon approach, body and face tense. He growls and grumbles initially, then begins vocalizing as I continue to speak to him. He eats the treat offered and I click and reward to build positive associations. I do not push petting at this time to reduce stress. 7/14/21 Hunched in litterbox, body and face tense. He makes eye contact when spoken to, then vocalizes and looks away. I offer some treats and he begins to growl - he doesn't eat them during our session but he does eat them after our interaction ends. He appears curious with the vocalizations, they don't sound like stress meows, but he's still unsure and becomes overwhelmed quickly. Needs some time. 7/19/21 Lying in litterbox, body tense and tail curled around feet. He vocalizes when spoken to - sounds like a curious vocalization - and does not show interest in the treats offered. He hisses when touched with the scratcher tool so I do not push petting at this time. I speak to him softly and slow-blink before ending the session. 7/26/21 Lying in litterbox, face soft and ears forward. Appears very curious - chirps and vocalizes when spoken to. He watches the treats offered but does not eat them - then leans away and begins to growl when I attempt petting with the scratcher tool. However, he continues to vocalize softly, chirp and watch me as I make my way around the room. I come back over to him and speak to him softly while slow-blinking. He relaxes, slow-blinks and talks back. Eyes soften. Very silly and charming, likes to be complimented and sweet talked. Not ready for or yet interested in petting. 7/27/21 Lying in litter box chirping when approached. He will return slow blinks and eventually stops chirping when offered treats. Comes forward to eat them when I back away. Grumbles when lifting my hand to place treats in his kennel. When visited later in the day, he slow blink, chirp, purr and even almost approach me when called pretty. 7/28/21 Sitting upright in front of kennel, ears forward and face relaxed. He vocalizes when spoken to and I Spend some time talking to him softly which he enjoys. He slow-blinks and continues to talk back to me. I then begin clicking and rewarding with treats each time he remains calm when it’s placed down. He has a habit of being grabby or swatting when you put your hand through the kennel doors. He did not escalate to that point today and was rewarded each time. *Enrichment notes cont. in GAN*

ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Lively

VOCAL:: Talkative

CHARACTER TYPE: : Social,Affectionate,Demanding,Playful,Curious,Timid,Skittish

POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Overstimulation,Very high energy level,Other

Potential challenges comments:: Please see behavior flyers for more information. Grabby hands for treats

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Level 3

RECOMMENDATIONS:: Adult only home

BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Max has made lots of progress during his stay in the care center. He initially started off very fearful, trembling upon approach and trying to hide. He tolerated petting but would growl. It took some time for him to warm to his caretakers in the shelter, but with lots of positive reinforcement he's started to show his true colors. Max will now meow and come to the front of the kennel, watching you with soft eyes. He will reach out with his paws to solicit attention, and then waits for you to offer treats. He does get excited and will try to grab your hands for treats, sometimes using nails. When treats are not present, he will sniff your hand for a while. He allows petting but go slow to prevent him from getting too excited (or over-stimulated). When you go slow, he'll lean in for petting, rolls over, and allows petting on his body. If you move too quickly or pet him too roughly, he will grab your hand with his paws and nip you with his mouth. He doesn't nip with hard pressure, but the more excited he gets the more pressure he'll add. Pay attention to his body language and keep interactions short to prevent this from happening. Although he greets and solicits attention, he became very fixated on treats and will sometimes swipe to obtain them. Max solicits attention and accepts petting but may be assertively demanding of attention or may play roughly. Due to his overstimulation and being demanding we feel that this cat will do best in an experienced adult only home.