MUSH – A1118073
Safe - 8-2-2017 Staten Island
***SAFE 08/02/17***MUSH is a neutered 5 yr old who is nervous in the shelter and needs a home.
Staten Island Center
My name is MUSH. My Animal ID # is A1118073.
I am a neutered male gray and white domestic sh mix. The shelter thinks I am about 5 YEARS old.
I came in the shelter as a STRAY on 07/10/2017 from NY 10306, owner surrender reason stated was STRAY.
07/31/2017 AT RISK MEMO
07/31/17 17:42 A1118073 Mush – NHO determination; His previous owner reports he was shy and hides around strangers. He has a scratch history and does not appear to have a known trigger. He hisses when approached for interaction and displays distance-increasing behaviors before petting is attempted. He does not allow contact at this time and does not appear to be thriving in the shelter environment.
MOST RECENT MEDICAL INFORMATION AND WEIGHT
07/24/2017 Exam Type VACCINATE – Medical Rating is 2 NC – MINOR CONDITIONS NOT CONTAGIOUS, Behavior Rating is NONE, Weight 11.7 LBS.
WT : 11.7 lbs FVRCP Product Name: Nobivac 1-HCP Serial Number : 02061287B Location of Vaccination: RFL
07/10/2017 PET PROFILE MEMO
07/10/17 15:37 Basic Information: Mush is a male that has no previous or current medical issues that the caretaker is aware of. Caretaker had Mush for 2 months but had to surrender due to animal’s behavior. Socialization: According to the caretaker, Mush will constantly hide and only comes out to eat or use the bathroom. He has not been around any children or dogs so behavior is unknown. Caretaker had 4 other cats in the home both male and female and stated that Mush would hiss, growl and swat at the other animals. Mush does not have a bite history but did scratch the caretaker today causing her to bleed. Behavior: Caretaker has never tried to bathe Mush, brush his coat, trim his nails, put him into a carrier or disturb him while he is sleeping so behavior is unknown. Caretaker was unable to pick mush up or hold him as he would run away right away and hide the whole time. For a New Family to Know: Mush is described as shy and fearful around everyone and quiet. He has a low activity level and would constantly stay hidden in the home. Caretaker was feeding him both wet and dry food brand Friskies and Purina. In the home, Mush would not use the litter box and would urinate and defecate all over the home several times a day. Caretaker had several uncovered litter boxes with clumping litter in the home. Mush did not use a scratching post and did not scratch on any furniture. Behavior during intake: Mush was at the back of the carrier during intake with a stiff body. Counselor was able to transfer him into a den and scan for a mc without any issues but was unable to collar due to animal trying to run away.
No Web Memo
07/18/2017 BEHAVIOR EVALUATION – NH ONLY
Exam Type BEHAVIOR
KNOWN HISTORY: Previously lived with: Adults Behavior toward strangers: Shy, hides Behavior toward children: Unknown Behavior toward cats: Will hiss, swat, and growl Behavior toward dogs: Unknown Bite or Scratch history: Yes, caretaker noticed that Mush urinated on the floor and when she bent down to clean, Mush lunged at her and scratched her. Litter box training: Did not use the litter box, would have accidents all over the home Energy level/descriptors: Low activity level Other notes: Upon intake, Mush was stiff but allowed counselor to transfer him to a den/scan for microchip. He did not allow collaring and attempted to flee. MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: During exam, Mush was very nervous, growling and hissing, and did not allow much handling EVALUATION: Cage Condition: Cage is slightly re-arranged Reaction to assessor: Mush hisses Reaction when softly spoken to: Mush’s body appears tense and she continues hissing, eyes dilated Reaction to cage door opening: Mush lunges toward front of the cage, hissing and swatting with claws out Reaction to touch: Did not attempt Reaction to being picked up: Did not attempt ACTIVITY LEVEL: Low activity level VOCAL: Quiet CHARACTER TYPE: Independent, Skittish POTENTIAL CHALLENGES: – Inappropriate elimination – Mush’s previous caretaker reports that he was urinating outside the litter box in various areas in the home. He was provided with multiple litter boxes, but please note that his living situation may have contributed to the behavior seen (he lived in a home multiple other cats whom he did not get along with). We cannot be sure whether this behavior will continue in a different home environment, but 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. We also recommend that he be provided with numerous litter boxes throughout the house as he adjusts to his new living space. The extra boxes can be removed as he learns the space and successfully defecates in his main litter box(es).
RECOMMENDATIONS: – No other cats OR multi-cat home with adopters experienced with introducing new cats – Mush’s previous caretaker reports he would hiss, swat, and growl at them. Due to the described behaviors, we recommend Mush goes to a home with no other cats OR into a multi-cat home with cat parents experienced with introducing new cats slowly and gradually over a long period of time. – Placement with a New Hope partner – Mush is displaying behaviors that preclude placement in the adoptions room and/or may require further investigation before placement in a home. He has tried to swat and scratch and does not currently tolerate petting or handling. The behavior department feels that placement with a New Hope Partner is the best option at this time.
GROUP BEHAVIOR EVALUATION
No Group Behavior Summary
07/10/2017 LVT INTAKE PHYSICAL EXAM
Medical rating was 2 NC – MINOR CONDITIONS NOT CONTAGIOUS, behavior rating was NONE
Microchip: negative Sex: neutered Age ~ 5 years old Mentation: wnl Eyes: wnl Ears: wnl Nose: wnl Teeth: gingivitis If abnormal BCS: 7/9 Skin: wnl Hair Coat: wnl Declawed: no Any injuries: no Behavior: Very nervous, growling and hissing, did not allow much handling
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