KNOWN HISTORY:: Coco Lived Indoors
Previously lived with: 3 adults
Behavior toward strangers: Owner stated that she would be shy for a few days upon approach by a stranger. Owner stated that she plays gently with adults.
Behavior toward children: Owner stated that she has not spent time around children.
Behavior toward cats: Owner stated that she has not been around other cats.
Behavior toward dogs: Owner stated that she has not been around dogs.
Bite or Scratch history: No bite history.
Litter box training: Yes
Energy level/descriptors: medium
Other notes: Owner described Coco as being friendly, affectionate, playful and independent. Owner stated that she likes to sleep and watch cat tv. Owner stated that when she is home Coco likes to be in the same room as her owner. Owner stated that she likes to play with catnip toys and laser pointers. Owner stated that she is kept indoors and she sleeps on her own bed. Owner stated that she is fed both wet and dry food and her bowl is full so she eats whenever she is hungry. Owner stated that she is litter box trained and is used to using an uncovered litter box with clumping litter. Owner stated that she uses a scratching post made of carpet.
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 02/06/20
Alert, slightly tense lying on the karunda bed she sniffed treats and then hissed and began intermittent growling.
On kuranda bed, hisses when opening her kennel door, swats when extending scratcher near her. Sprayed feliway and left her alone.
Crouched on top of kuranda bed, body and face tense and eyes alert. She makes and maintains eye contact when spoken to, then lowers body and looks around the room as the kennel door opens. She eats the tuna offered, so I click and reward just to build and association. Tolerates slow, brief and gentle petting with the assessor's hand while turning head to watch and leaning out of the way. Nervous and unsure of petting but enjoys treats. Will continue to clicker train.
Lying on top of kuranda bed, body neutral and ears forward. She makes eye contact when spoken to and chirps, then hops off of her bed to greet me as the kennel door opens. She remains calm and looks around the room, then sniffs the treats offered but doesn't eat them. I attempt petting her with the scratcher tool and she tolerates the touch while tilting her ears and retreating through her portal with a low body and tail. She crouches down on the other-side of her kennel and begins to growl softly. I leave her some tuna puree and end the session. Coco appears to not mind people, she seems curious and soft in her kennel but is not yet comfortable with petting. She eats her treats after her interaction ends. Needs some time to adjust, but has potential and is showing some improvement.
After sniffing treats while lying on the karunda bed allowed gentle petting with my hand. Then she was coaxed down with chicken and temptations and she gave a couple of big hisses as I went to pet her again, once she was settled into eating she again allowed petting on her head. Still fearful but improved, making her level 3, see below.
Lying in front of kennel, ears forward and face relaxed. Arms and legs are stretched out in front of her. She makes eye contact when spoken to and slow blinks, then steps forward to eat the treat given. I clicker train her, rewarding her each time she sniffs my hand, looks at me softly or tolerates a touch on the head. She is not yet comfortable with petting all over but is relaxed in her kennel and does not mind human attention. Loves treats and sweet talk! Has potential to warm up!
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Subdued
CHARACTER TYPE: : Sweet,Timid,Independent
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Please see behavior flyer
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : Level 3
RECOMMENDATIONS:: Adult only home
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: After sniffing treats while lying on the karunda bed she allowed gentle petting with my hand. Then she was coaxed down with chicken and temptations and she gave a couple of big hisses as I went to pet her again, once she was settled into eating she again allowed petting on her head.
Coco tolerates attention and petting but appears fearful or stressed in the shelter. She may be a little more independent, and may need time to warm up to her new home. We recommend that this cat go to a home with experienced cat parents.