KNOWN HISTORY:: Lived Indoors
Previously lived with: 1 adult
Behavior toward strangers: Shy but affectionate
Behavior toward children: Has been around children ages 2 and up and was described as affectionate
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Behavior toward dogs: Playful and affectionate around a small dog he has been around
Bite or Scratch history: None
Litter box training: Yes, used an uncovered litter box with clumping litter.
Energy level/descriptors: He is described as affectionate, playful and friendly with a medium activity level.
Other notes: He enjoys playing with balls and wand toys, was being fed Purina dry food 2 times a day.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 6/04/19
Hissing, growling, lunging and trying to flee.
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 6/5/19
Resting in his litter box. He makes eye contact with slightly dilated pupils and shifts back when the scratcher tool is extended slowly. Then he leans in for cheek rubs and starts rolling over when spoken softly. Ate chicken fillet. Very sweet! Doing better today.
Resting with head high in the cubby. Accepts pets and head leans into the hand after a few strokes. He appreciates the attention and enjoys offered treats. Sweet boy and purrs throughout the interaction.
Reaction to assessor:: Hunter is curled up by the front of the cubby, looking out with dilated eyes. He becomes alert and focuses on the assessor, and then starts to hiss.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Hunter focuses on the assessor and continues to hiss. His ears tilt slightly sideways.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Hunter pokes his head out from the cubby and looks around, stiff and alert.
Reaction to touch:: Hunter focuses on the scratcher tool and leans forward to sniff it, but gets up and leans away to avoid contact. He allows gentle petting with a slow approach, but hisses throughout the interaction and remains tense. He doesn’t display any further reaction, but appears uncomfortable and continues to hiss.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Moderate
CHARACTER TYPE: : Shy ,Curious,Independent
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Hunter has displayed fearful behavior during their stay in the care center and has displayed distance-increasing behavior with extended handling. 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: : Experience
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Hunter tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter. He may need time to warm up to his new home and family. We recommend that this cat go to a home with experienced cat parents. Due to his stress levels in the care center, we recommend any future home with children conduct a thorough interaction before adopting.