SCRAPPY – A1118520
Safe - 8-7-2017 Brooklyn
SAFE 8/7/17 A volunteer writes: My heart breaks for Scrappy, a handsome tabby with soulful green eyes who has spent his entire nine years in the same household. There, he happily greeted strangers, relaxed in his favorite spot in the house, and got his kicks from his scratching post. (And used the litter box perfectly every time.) But two weeks ago, his person realized they had no time for Scrappy, and now he’s bunking in the Brooklyn cat adoption room. It’s been a bit of an adjustment for this gentleman who is used to a home, and Scrappy seems to be trying his best, soliciting pettings and enjoying affection from humans. For a sweet cat whose world was thrown upside down, he’s doing awesome, though sometimes all the attention gets him out of sorts and he needs a little time to hang back and chill. If you’re looking for a friendly fellow to cherish, and you understand that cats need independent time as much as they need play and love, then you must meet Mr. Scrappy today!
***9 year old Scrappy was dumped for “no time”. Already neutered and ready for someone to adopt him!
SCRAPPY – A1118520
NEUTERED MALE, BRN TABBY / WHITE, DOMESTIC SH MIX,9 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 07/15/2017, From NY 11210, DueOut Date 07/15/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation ORANGE
Microchip: scanned negative Sex:N Age ~ 9yrs Mentation: appropiate Eyes:clear Ears:clear Nose:clear Teeth:not able to see If abnormal BCS: Skin:seem clean Hair Coat:no fleas noted Declawed: no Any injuries:none obvious Behavior: initially handable, but then became very aggressive. Medication:
Scrappy is a 9 year old neutered cat who was surrendered by his owner due to the fact she has no time for him. The owner stated that she got Scrappy as a gift from her friend and she has had him since he was 5 weeks old. The owner stated that Scrappy has no known medical issues.
Owner stated that when around strangers Scrappy is friendly and outgoing. Scrappy has not spent time in the home around children so it is unknown how he will react. When playing with adults Scrappy is gentle. Scrappy has not spent time around other cats or dogs so it is unknown how he will react. Owner stated that Scrappy bit her mother when she was visiting about 3 months ago. Scrappy has never bitten another animal.
On the way to the ACC in the car Scrappy was crying and meowing. When having his nails trimmed or being bathed Scrappy will struggle to get away. Scrappy will tolerate being held for only few minutes. When being put in the carrier he wasn’t bothered.
Owner described Scrappy as playful mellow and confident with a medium activity level. When at home he likes to be in his favorite spot. Scrappy’s owner never provided him with toys. He has been kept indoors only and eats both wet and dry food. Scrappy is very much litter box trained and never has accidents. He is used to an uncovered litter box with clumping litter. Scrappy likes to scratch on his scratching post made out of carpet.
Owner stated that about 3 months ago Scrappy was laying in the hallway. He mother had came over to visit. The owner stated that here mother went to pass him in the hall. When she did so Scrappy rushed toward her biting her in the leg drawing blood and leaving to small wounds on her lower leg. the owner stated that Scrappy let go right away and retreated to the kitchen.
**Enrichment notes cont.**
Stretches and comes forward as I open the kennel door, ears forward and body soft. Allows petting along his head and body, tail raised as he head-butts my arms and chest. Remains right in front of the kennel for the duration of the session, allowing petting and making eye contact with soft eyes. Remains relaxed and allows all petting for remainder for session. Did great today! Sprayed feliway and refilled toy treat dispenser.
Overstimulation – Scrappy is social and affectionate but appears to show signs of overstimulated. As a result of this observed behavior we recommend adopters who are familiar with signs of behavioral arousal and agitation in cats, so that interactions can be ended before Scrappy becomes overstimulated. We also recommend fishing pole-type toys for play as they allow for interaction and vigorous, stimulating exercise while keeping human hands at a distance.
Experienced, adult home only – Scrappy solicits attention and tolerates petting but may be assertively demanding of attention or may play roughly. Due to Scrappy showing signs of overstimulaton we feel that this cat will do best in an adult only home.
Previously lived with: Adults and young children
Behavior toward strangers: Friendly and outgoing
Behavior toward children: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Bite or Scratch history: Yes, he has bitten a family; however we have few details and are unaware of the triggers.
Litter box training: Yes
Energy level/descriptors: Playful mellow and confident with a medium activity level
Other notes: He tolerates being held and struggles to get away when bathed or having his nails trimmed.
Does not like to be handle. Hissing and trying to scratch.
Sitting crouched in back of kennel, ears forward and eyes alert. He stands up as I reach towards him and leans into petting, coming forward to head-butt my chest. Very friendly. Doing well after first day! Update: After I close the kennel door he begins to reach through the door, soft paws at first and then quicker movements with claws out. He was seen hissing and growling in his kennel later on.
Sitting upright, body relaxed and ears forward. He comes forward when I open the kennel door and leans into petting immediately, remaining in the front and allowing petting along his head and body as he leans into my chest and arms. His tail begins to wave back and forth with continued petting and he begins to softly swat at my hands – eyes wide open and fixated on my movements. He reaches towards my hands again as I pull them away and shut the cage door – claws are extended. May be showing signs of overstimulation, or may have a lot of play energy. Wailing and hissing behind cage cover after interaction has ended. I gave him some toys, which he played with enthusiastically.
Relaxed and lying down on his blanket at the back of the cage. He meows and comes forward to greet the assessor. Social and friendly. Rubs against my hand, head butts and enjoys petting/attention all over his body. His tail sways with continued contact. Very vocal and curious of his surroundings. He seems to get aroused with a lot of attention; whips around and hisses. It doesn’t take long for him to relax and go back to soliciting attention. Didn’t mind being held. A bit tense but he allowed it.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Lively
CHARACTER TYPE: Social, Affectionate
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age:9 years
Microchip noted on Intake? Negative
History : Owner surrender.
Subjective: Apparently healthy neutered cat
Observed Behavior – Donot like to be handle. Hissing and trying to scratch.
Evidence of Cruelty seen – NAF
Evidence of Trauma seen – NAF
P = 160 bpm BCS 5/9
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted
Oral Exam: could not exam.
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: neutered male
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat
CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Placement or experienced owner
A volunteer writes: My heart breaks for Scrappy, a handsome tabby with soulful green eyes who has spent his entire nine years in the same household. There, he happily greeted strangers, relaxed in his favorite spot in the house, and got his kicks from his scratching post. (And used the litter box perfectly every time.) But two weeks ago, his person realized they had no time for Scrappy, and now he’s bunking in the Brooklyn cat adoption room. It’s been a bit of an adjustment for this gentleman who is used to a home, and Scrappy seems to be trying his best, soliciting pettings and enjoying affection from humans. For a sweet cat whose world was thrown upside down, he’s doing awesome, though sometimes all the attention gets him out of sorts and he needs a little time to hang back and chill. If you’re looking for a friendly fellow to cherish, and you understand that cats need independent time as much as they need play and love, then you must meet Mr. Scrappy today!
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