ASTRO – 17683
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***SAFE 1/14/18*** HANDSOME GINGER BOY ASTRO LOST HIS HOME WHEN OWNER BECAME HOMELESS! ASTRO needs someone to give him a furever home. He is sad and unhappy he lost his owner and home and will need a little time to warm up to new surroundings. ASTRO allows gentle petting and would love to be your new cuddle buddy. RESERVE ASTRO BY NOON!
Hello, my name is Astro. My animal id is #17683. I am a male brown tabby cat at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. – P
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 05-Jan-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- homeless.
Original Location: 11421
Astro is at risk for behavior concerns (Adult Only determination). Astro is fearful in the care center and has not acclimated well to the shelter environment. Astro allows some petting but shutters away and becomes very uncomfortable from other stimuli in the care center.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 9.3125 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow
KNOWN HISTORY:: Lived Indoors Previously lived with: 2 adults Behavior toward strangers: Shy and fearful, will run and hide. Will eventually come out of hiding, but will stay away from the unknown person and rarely interacts with them. Behavior toward children: Fearful Behavior toward cats: Unknown Behavior toward dogs: Unknown Bite or Scratch history: None Litter box training: Yes Energy level/descriptors: Astro was described as independent, shy & quiet with a high activity level. Other notes: Astro usually stays to himself while inside the home. When the owner come into the home, he does run to the door to be greeted. Astro is bothered when being picked up or held. When picked up he will instantly wiggle away. Astro is sensitive towards loud sounds and sudden movements. When he hears unfamiliar sound he will hide.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR:: 01/07/18 Observed Behavior – fractious – limited exam
ENRICHMENT NOTES:: 01/08/18 Lying in back of kennel, body tense. Leans away and flattens ears when approached. Tolerates slow and gentle petting while lowering body to floor and whipping head back, tail curled around body. He steps right to the front of his kennel for treats. May respond well to clicker training. Needs some time to adjust. 01/09/18 Crouched in back of kennel, ears flat and body tense. Hisses when cage cover is lifted. He steps forward for treats so I click and reward each time he steps forward or smells my finger. Backs away and becomes too focused on environment when new person enters the room to continue clicker training. Needs some more time to adjust. 01/10/18 Hunched in front of kennel, eyes alert and ears forward. Tail begins to flick back and forth when I speak to him and he reaches out towards me as I open the kennel door. I click and reward each time he allows petting along his head and body. Does well during clicker training, leans in for petting. Very food motivated. Doing better!
Cage Condition:: Cage is slightly re-arranged
Reaction to assessor:: Astro was feint sleeping upon approach, blinking softly.
Reaction when softly spoken to:: Astro looks around and continues to blink, and then he places his head down behind his bedding to rest.
Reaction to cage door opening:: Astro becomes alert and looks around.
Reaction to touch:: Astro leans forward to sniff the assessor’s hand, hesitant, but allows gentle petting. He hisses when pet along his body, but will continue to allow gentle petting on his head. He appears more focused on his surroundings.
ACTIVITY LEVEL:: Moderate
CHARACTER TYPE: : Shy ,Timid
POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Astro 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 him 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: : Experienced, adult only
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
BEHAVIOR SUMMARY:: Astro tolerates attention and petting but may be fearful or stressed in the shelter, and may be intimidated by small children. He will most likely need time to warm up to his new home and family. Due to the behaviors seen in the care center, we feel that this cat will do best in an experienced, adult only home.
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