CARMEN – A1104585
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Carmen A1104585 – 10 month female long haired brown tabby/white kitten, stray:
Carmen was found as a stray and trapped on 2/23/17. Her finder described her as fearful but sweet. He stated when he first met her in a home setting she ran and hid under a bed and didnt come out to interact. After he trapped her she hissed and swatted when he came close to her. But once he gave her a blanket she was calm and fell asleep.
Behavior during intake:
Carmen hissed and swatted when approached. She allowed me to take her pictures and ate right away when offered food. She had a low tense body and her ears were back.
_x_ Fearful – Carmen has displayed fearful behavior during their stay in the care center and has displayed distance-increasing behavior with extended handling. Fear aggression can occur when a cat perceives a threat and may escalate if they cannot escape. 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.
_x_ Experienced, adult home only – Carmen tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter, and may be intimidated by small children. Due to the behaviors seen in the care center, we feel that this cat will do best in an experienced, adult only home who understands this cat may need time to warm up to her new home and family at her own pace.
Carmen was brought in as a stray, so we cannot speak to her behavior in her previous home. Her finder described her as a fearful cat, but is sweet. He stated when he first met her in a home setting she ran and hid under a bed and didn’t come out to interact. After he trapped her she hissed and swatted when he came close to her. But once he gave her a blanket she was calm and fell asleep.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: Tried to bite
ENRICHMENT NOTES: 02/26/17
Hiding in litter box when I approach. Allows me to give head rubs, doesn’t get out of box. When I speak softly to her from outside the kennel, with the door shut, her body posture eases a little and she slow blinks a little. Needs time to adjust.
Hiding in litter box when I approach. Doesn’t move when I open kennel door and slowly approach. Allows me to give head rubs, doesn’t get out of box. When I speak softly to her from outside the kennel, with the door shut, her body posture eases a little and she slow blinks a little. Needs time to adjust. Added a screen cover to one side and sprayed Feliway. Gave some treats and a plush catnip toy.
Observed that she had moved out of her box and was lying on a blanket, quiet. When she was aware that I was going to be interacting with her, she moved back into the litter box. Looks up at me with wide eyes, lying flatly in box, when I pull screen cover back. With a slow approach she lets me give head rubs and some soft gentle passes over body, doesn’t move or get up from the box, but pulls ears back a little, stays quiet. When I offered a fresh bowl of food, she leaned out of the box to smell, but didnt’ come out to eat. Let me give some more head rubs. When I rearranged some items in her kennel, she hissed and swatted, uncomfortable with this. I ended the interaction. Sprayed Feliway, left some treats and left the screen on one side of the double kennel (she does seem more at ease with that hiding spot).
Cage Condition: Cage is neat
Reaction to assessor: Carmen was lying down by the front, peeking out from the covers and becoming alert when approached.
Reaction when softly spoken to: Carmen looks at the assessor for a brief moment with dilated eyes and then her eyes dart around from to her surroundings. Her ears tilt sideways and she appeared unsure.
Reaction to cage door opening: Carmen becomes stiff and alert, but remains motionless.
Reaction to touch: Carmen pokes her head forward to sniff the assessor’s hand, but nips and hisses when petting was attempted. She retreats to the back and wraps her tail against her body, growling. She will allow gentle petting with an extremely slow approach, lip licking and blinking throughout.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Mellow
CHARACTER TYPE: Timid, Independent
limited exam in cat nabber
young adult female approx 10m
tried to bite
heart and lungs wnl
abd not assesed
no oral exam
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