KNOWN HISTORY:: Lived Indoors
Previously lived with: 1 adult
Behavior toward strangers: Shy for days and will remain hidden
Behavior toward children: Tolerant around a 10 year old child she was exposed to.
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Behavior toward dogs: Fearful and stressed, remained hidden during a brief time with a small dog.
Bite or Scratch history: None
Litter box training: Yes, used a hooded box and clumping litter.
Energy level/descriptors: Allie is described as friendly, affectionate, fearful, and mellow with a high activity level.
Other notes: Allie will follow someone and be in the same room as them when they are home. Allie will sometimes play with toy balls and strings.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 6/01/19
Wide pupils, crouched posture. Hissed when placed on scale, allowed all handling with towel.
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 06/04/19
Crouched on her kuranda bed when approached, Allie will avoid eye contact when spoken to and when opening her kennel. She will tolerate all petting but remains frozen and will lick her lips and look away. Timid but not skittish. Offered her chicken and left her alone.
Allie is laying on her kuranda bed with a low, tense body. Her ears are tilted and eyes are widened as she makes tense eye contact with the assessor when spoken to. She will avoid eye contact and face her back kennel wall when her kennel door opens. When approaching her slowly with the scratcher, she will lean in and sniff but will keep her focus on the assessor. Her breathing becomes heavy and her body will flinch while pet. She will look around nervously and becomes frozen. She was offered some chicken, but didn’t show much interested in the treat. After some time she begins to grumble. The assessor sprayed feliway and left her alone. She was given a hiding spot as well.
Crouched on her kuranda bed with a low, tense body when approached, Allie will make eye contact when first spoken to, then look away. She will tense up and crawl more to the back of her kuradna bed to avoid the assessor. She allows all petting but will grumble the entire tome and remain tense. Very uncomfortable. Needs time to adjust.
Lying on top of kuranda bed, focuses on assessor with dilated eyes when cage cover is lifted. Starts to hiss and growl when cage door opens, leaning against back wall and lip licks. Sniffs scratcher tool, but continues to lean away when petting is attempted and growls even louder. Very nervous and scared.
Resting inside den, but becomes alert and looks out through the den holes with dilated eyes and hisses when cage door opens. Focuses on assessor’s hand as it extends, but allows gentle petting on body from within the den. Eventually starts to blink during the interaction, but body remains tense.
Reaction to assessor:: Allie was lying on top of her kuranda bed, looking out with dilated eyes and focuses on the assessor.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Allie continues to focus on the assessor and appears tense.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Allie becomes stiff and alert, looking around with her ears slightly lowered.
Reaction to touch:: Allie looks at the assessor’s hand and sniffs it, but tenses up when touched and remains immobile. She lip licks, but starts to blink when rubbed on her cheeks.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Moderate
CHARACTER TYPE: : Shy ,Calm,Sweet
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Allie has displayed fearful behavior during their stay in the care center. A fearful cat will feel more relaxed when given options, so provide her 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
RECOMMENDATIONS:: No young children
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Allie tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter. She will need time to warm up to her new home and family. We recommend that this cat go to a home with experienced cat parents without young children. Any home with older children prepared to adopt this cat should conduct a thorough interaction and endeavor to monitor this cat around their children to prevent her fear behaviors from being reinforced.