ONYX – 22073
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*SAFE 3/10/18* 11-Year Old Lounge Lizard – Outstanding Owner Surrender ONYX! Onyx”22073 is an 11 year old , neutered black cat. Onyx has lived with the previous owner for the past 11 years. onyx was surrendered due to his behavior. The owner stated that she is expecting a child and doesn’t feel comfortable exposing Onyx for her child.
Onyx 22073 – 11 yr. old neutered black cat, OS, 14 pounds:
Previously lived with: Adults
Behavior toward strangers: Friendly around people heâ€™s familiar with, independent and nervous around strangers.
Behavior toward children: Spent time around a 5yr. old and would hiss and growl whenever the child got near him.
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Bite or Scratch history: None
Litter box training: Yes
Energy level/descriptors: Independent and confident with a medium activity level
Other notes: He likes water and doesnâ€™t mind being picked up/held and having his coat brushed. He walks right into his soft carrier
Growling and lunging in soft carrier, hyper salivating.
Lying in front of kennel, body low and tense. Growls and yowls with every movement I make as long as Iâ€™m in his line of vision. Makes and maintains eye contact. Hisses at the treats I place in his kennel, then grumbles while sniffing them. Doesnâ€™t eat them during our interaction â€“ may be too uncomfortable and/or focused on me. Needs more time to adjust. Limited interaction due to stress.
Lying in back of kennel, body low and tense, ears flattened. Growls and yowls when I pass by the cage. Drools and foams at the mouth, body and face tensing further when spoken to. Continues to growl. Not interested in treats at the moment. Limited interaction due to stress. Needs more time to adjust.
Reaction to assessor:
Onyx was tense and lying down at the front of the kennel, with his tail wrapped around his body. He lip licks when the assessor approaches and watches him with wide, dilated eyes.
Reaction when softly spoken to:
Onyx low growls and lip licks when spoken to softly. He seems conflicted and rolls over on his side, rubbing against the cage furnishings while vocalizing.
Reaction to cage door opening:
Onyx hisses and quickly retreats to the other side of the double kennel.
Reaction to touch:
Onyx shifts away and presses his body up against the back wall of the kennel. His ears bend flat, he hisses and strikes when approached. He displays distance increasing behaviors and currently doesn’t allow any contact.
Potential challenges comments:
Onyx 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.
New hope only
TM – Treatable-Manageable
Onyx is displaying behaviors that preclude placement in the adoptions room and may require further investigation before placement in a home. He has tried to swat, is extremely fearful in the shelter environment and does not currently tolerate petting or handling. He 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.
Origin AddressDate of Intake3-Mar-2018
Is this cat having litter box issues?NoBasic Information:Onyx”22073 is an 11 year old , neutered black cat. Onyx has lived with the previous owner for the past 11 years. onyx was surrendered due to his behavior. The owner stated that she is expecting a child and doesn’t feel comfortable exposing Onyx for her child.
Previously lived with:2 adults
How is this cat around strangers?Around strangers Onyx can be both friendly but independent depending on the person stated by the owner. For example, if a stranger has visited the home a couple times before,onyx is more tolerate of them. Onyx usually never fully engages with a strangers however, he will walk around or in their area. If a unknown person is visited the home for the first time, onyx would hide in a area where he can visibly see the stranger. The previous owner stated that whenever a stranger would attempt to pet onyx ,she would initially advised them not too however if they did ,she would recommend rubbing his head.if he is familiar with the stranger, he will allowed to be rubbed on the head for a short amount of time.eventually he will get up and walk away.
How is this cat around children?Onyx has never lived with any child,however the previous owner would babysit her 5 year old niece. Onyx would growl and hiss whenever the child got near him. The owner would usually advised the child to stray away from Onyx however , when he heard the child cry at times he would hiss.
How is this cat around other cats?Onyx has never interacted with cats while with the previous owner.
How is this cat around dogs?Onyx has never interacted with dogs while with the previous owner.
Behavior NotesDuring car ride, Onyx is very vocal until the owner opens the windows. Then he becomes quiet and eventually falls asleep.Onyx has never been received a bath however he does like water. he will lay in the sink or bath tub when it’s wet. Onyx does like to be picked up and held by both the owner and her husband however after some time he will wiggly out of their arms. He also likes being brushed by the owner. Onyx will walk right into his soft carrier once opened and placed on the floor. Onyx is fully litter box trained with no record of accidents.
Bite history:Onyx has never bitten or scratched anyone or animal while with the previous owner.
Has this cat ever had any medical issues?NoMedical NotesOnyx last visit to the vet was about 2 years ago. Onyx has no medical concerns.
For a New Family to KnowOnyx is described as independent and confident. Onyx usually has an medium activity level inside the home. He does stay to himself for the most part. Onyx was fed both wet and dry foods ( of any brand) along with a large bowl of water. The previous left the foods out throughout the day. Onyx rarely interacted with toys however he did enjoy chewing on plastic bottles. Onyx also has a scratching post made out of rough rope and cardboard.The client noticed that he liked to scratch on the scratching post right after he used the litter box.
Behavior Notes:Upon intake onyx growled, hissed and swatted while inside of his soft carrier. When placed on the examination table Onyx begin to pace back and forth while inside the bag. Onyx did begin to drool while inside of the bag.When a staff member attempted to open the bag he hissed, swatted and growled. Onyx did not allow to be collared photographed or scanned.
et Notes: 5:46 PM
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: 11yrs
Microchip noted on Intake? no
Microchip Number (If Applicable):
History: O/S due to pregnancy and cats erratic behavior
Subjective: Cat is BARH
Observed Behavior – growling and lunging in soft carrier, hypersalivating, sedated with 0.2mLs dexmedetomidine + 0.2mLs buprenorphine IM, vomited large amount of food in soft carrier, seemed sedate but lunging and swatting with nails extended and fighting restraint during exam and treatments (sedation not adequate).
Evidence of Cruelty seen – no
Evidence of Trauma seen – no
T = NA
P = 110 (after sedation)
R = growling
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: Healthy deciduous dentition; Grade 0-1/4 dental dz
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
Rectal: not performed
Assessment: Geriatric healthy
Plan: Gave 0.66mLs Cerenia and 0.33mLs Famotidine, both SQ for nausea/vomiting.
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