GINGER – 10535
Safe - 12-1-2017 Manhattan Rescue: Feline Rescue of SI Please honor your pledges: http://felinerescueofstatenisland.org/donation/
*** SAFE 12/01/17 *** RETURNED —- 2 yr old Ginger was brought in by her owner. She is very upset at being abandoned. Ginger has a heart murmur which should have a follow up vet check.
Hello, my name is Ginger. My animal id is #10535. I am a female orange tabby cat at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years 1 months old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 23-Oct-2017, with the surrender reason stated as animal behaviour – aggressive towards people.
Ginger is at risk due to behavior, New Hope Only determination. Ginger can’t be placed in adoptions due to fractious behavior at times, swatting. Ginger has a heart murmur and diarrhea but no other medical concerns at this time.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 6.3 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 5. Red
KNOWN HISTORY:: Basic Information: Ginger is a small female cat. Owner has had her since a kitten. She recently went to the vet but owner did not provide paperwork on vaccinations. There vet stated that she is a little underweight. Previously lived with: Owner and 2 children How is this cat around strangers? Ginger is shy for a few hours and needs time to warm up. She will hide away from them but then come up to them on her own. How is this cat around children? She lived with a 14 and 12 year old child. She is usually tolerant with them and only plays with the 14 year old child. She doesn’t play with the adults in the home. How is this cat around other cats? She has not been around cats so behavior is unknown. How is this cat around dogs? She has not been around dogs so behavior is unknown. Behavior Notes: Owner is concerned about the scratching the children and having litter box accidents. Bite history: There is a scratch history and current scratch that happened in the last 10 days. Owners daughter was picking up ginger when she was trying to hide away from new company. Energy level/descriptors: medium Has this cat ever had any medical issues? No For a New Family to Know She isn’t bothered with bath time, brushing of coat, and being placed in carrier. She has never had her nails trimmed. She is described as affectionate, fearful, and quiet. She likes playing with anything that rolls. She is indoors only and eats both wet and dry food. She uses a hooded litter box with clumping litter. She uses a scratching post with rough rope.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: limited exam–attacking gloves.
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 11/14/17 In den on approach, peeking out, eyes dilated. Started whining, growling, and striking interior wall of den when spoken to. Left alone for now. Sprayed thunderease. 11/15/17 In den on approach. Started whining when door opened, then hissed, growled, and started striking through den window. Struck interior wall of den when offered treats. Sprayed thunderease. 11/16/17 In den on approach, facing out window, eyes fully dilated. Started hissing, whining, and striking interior wall of den when door opened. Screamed and struck assess-a-hand when offered treats. Came out to eat treats and wet food when left alone, fled immediately back into den on approach. Sprayed thunderease. 11/19/17 In den on approach, started hissing, whining, and snorting when spoken to. Started vocalizing louder when door opened, swatted through den window. Came out briefly after door closed. Sat in place towards front, eyes fully dilated, still whining and grumbling. Went back into den after a few moments. Sprayed thunderease. 11/20/17 [Clicker training] Hunched over by the back, whining and growling while focusing on me. She hisses and spits when I sit in front of her kennel and continues to stress meow and lip lick. She shows interest in tuna puree, so I rewarded her each time she made eye contact or whenever there was a loud noise or sudden movement. Her body posture relaxed slightly, but she’s still very tense overall. Sprayed feliway. In den on approach, head resting in window. Withdrew when spoken to, started hissing, growling, snorting. Struck interior den wall when door opened, reached out and struck cage floor hard when offered treats. Sprayed thunderease.
Cage Condition:: Cage is slightly re-arranged
Reaction to assessor:: Ginger is hiding in her den on approach.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Ginger begins to hiss and growl at the assessor and strikes the inside of her den.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Ginger hisses, growls, and continues to strike the inside of her den.
Reaction to touch:: Ginger strikes the assess-a-hand, does not allow touch.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Mellow
VOCAL:: Somewhat chatty
CHARACTER TYPE: : Skittish,Independent
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Inappropriate elimination,Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Ginger’s previous owners report that she was eliminating (urinating and/or defecating) outside the litter box. Ginger was seen by a veterinarian and has no known medical issues. We are unaware of what, if any, modifications steps were taken to try and address this behavior in the home, so we cannot be sure what the trigger may have been or if this behavior may continue in a future home. However, we recommend that potential adopters be comfortable with management and modification techniques for elimination outside the litter box should this behavior continue in a home environment. Ginger 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.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: : New hope only
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Ginger is displaying behaviors that preclude placement in the adoptions room and/or may require further investigation before placement in a home. She has tried to swat, scratch, is extremely fearful in the shelter environment and does not currently tolerate petting or handling. She may have a known history of behavioral issues that need to be addressed. The behavior department feels that placement with a New Hope Partner is the best option at this time.
WAS SAFE 11/4/17
Intake Date: 10/23/17
Intake Type: Owner surrender (DOH)
Medical Behavior: —
Age: 2 years
Weight: 6 lbs 4.8 oz
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: Reported 2 years old
Microchip noted on Intake?
History : Owner surrender, no health hx given
Subjective: Alert and growling
Observed Behavior – Hissing, growling, dilated eyes, attacking the carrier door when I look in. Placed in Freeman net for exam – biting the net, yowling, very angry! Defecated all over the net. Cannot examine pt!
Administered 0.08 ml Telazol IM for exam. Pt sedated after this – still growling but not moving.
BCS 5/9, BAR-H, MMs pink and moist
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, mild serous nasal discharge (not noted prior to sedation)
Oral Exam: Clean teeth. Some gingival abrasions near maxillary and mandibular canines and first premolars
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: Grade 2/6 systolic heart murmur – PMI left parasternal. NSR, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: Female, intact
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat
CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Rectal: Normal externally
1. Heart murmur
2. Gingival abrasions – most likely from biting the Freeman net
Prognosis: Good. Heart murmurs in cats can be a sign of heart disease but they can also be incidental findings.
Plan: Recommend consultation with cardiologist to evaluate for heart disease.
Permanent waiver due to heart murmur.
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