SKITTLES – 28255
Safe - 6-1-2018 Manhattan
SAFE 6/1/18 A volunteer writes: Why go to a spa to relax and recharge when you can spend time with Skittles–the most Buddha-like cat at the Care Center. This tortie beauty is chill and easygoing; she’s not rattled by noise and demonstrates a confident, comfortable vibe with all the people who come by her kennel to gaze at her fluffy tortie coat. When it was my turn for a meet and greet, I spoke to her softly and she responded with sweetness and warmth, coming closer so I could pet her and then bowing her head for the head scratchings she loves. I guess her natural calmness rubbed off on me, because while spending time with her I felt like all the tension of the day had lifted. You’ll see what I mean when you meet lovely Skittles on 110th Street today.
10 year old SKITTLES was surrendered by her owner. She is already spayed and on the shy side. SKITTLES needs a new furever home this time.
Care Center Location: Manhattan
ZIP Code From: 10451
Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Blue
Age: 10 years
Sex: Spayed female
Weight: 11 lbs
Vet Notes: 4:01 PM
Reported by caretaker to be not eating and having runny eyes.
EENT — mild clear ocular discharge; no sneezing observed. Audible congestion with clear serous discharge and bubbles from the nares.
URI — suspect viral
mirtazapine 15mg tablet — give 1/4 tablet PO one time.
fortiflora q24h x 5 days
vitamin b 12 injection 0.25ml SQ one time
Vet Notes: 1:05 PM
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: Reported 10 years old – exam is consistent with this
Microchip noted on Intake? Scanned neg on LVT exam – MC placed at that time
History : Surrendered. No health concerns reported.
Subjective: Alert in kennel, sits on exam table and hides head
Observed Behavior – Slightly tense but allows all handling
Evidence of Cruelty seen – None
Evidence of Trauma seen – None
BAR-H, MMs pink and moist, BCS 7/9
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: Moderate tartar, mild gingivitis
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Slightly tense, not distended, no masses palpated
U/G: Female, linear abdominal scar palpable on ventrum, small nipples and vulva
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. Dental disease
1. Recommend weight loss of 1-3 lbs
2. Recommend daily tooth brushing and regular dental cleanings
L V T Notes: 5:07 AM
[LVT Intake Exam]
Microchip Scan: negative, placed 985113001883721
Evidence of Cruelty: no
Observed Behavior: allowed all handling but tense and nervous
Sex: spayed female
Estimated Age: reported 10y
Subjective: seemingly healthy, no history
Ears: mildly waxy, easily cleaned
Oral Exam: mild to moderate staining
Musculoskeletal: overweight 6.5-7 BCS
Preliminary Assessment: overweight
Plan: DVM intake
Animal Behavior Saved At: 19-May-2018 13:58:58.000
Animal Name: Skittles
Age: 10 Years 2 Weeks
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Spayed / Neutered: Yes
Behavior Assessment Date:
Next Test Date:
Previously lived with: an adult
Behavior toward strangers: Skittles will approach strangers and rub on their foot but will swat and scratch if petted.
Behavior toward children: Skittles has previously interacted with a newborn and a 6 year old child. Skittles did not interact with either. If the 6 year old approached Skittles to pet her, Skittles would swat.
Bite or Scratch history: none
Litter box trained: yes
Energy level/descriptors: low energy level
Other notes: Skittles is an assertive and independent cat.
5/17/18 Observed Behavior – Slightly tense but allows all handling
Just returned from medical exam. Resting on shelf, soft posture, eyes a little dilated, looking around. Lay in place when door opened, sniffed, then slowly ate treats from my hand. Stood when done, leaned and arched into pets, ate additional treats.
Reaction to assessor:
Skittles remains neutral, lying down on her cage bedding during the approach.
Reaction when softly spoken to:
Skittles becomes alert with eyes wide open.
Reaction to cage door opening:
Skittles stands with tail up, engages the front with relaxed ears and forward.
Reaction to touch:
Skittles head rubs and body leans into the petting, but lost focus and drew her attention towards sudden noises instead. However, regained her focus while she appreciates the attention and purrs throughout the interaction.
Reaction to being picked up:
She tense up when pickup up briefly then jumps back into the cage.
H – Healthy
Skittles interacts with the observer, appreciates attention, is easy to handle and tolerates all petting. This cat is showing behavior appropriate for new or experienced cat parents.
Animal ID: 28255
Animal Name: Skittles
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
This animal came from:
Date of Intake
Is this cat having litter box issues?
Skittles is a 10 year old female muted tortoiseshell domestic short haired cat. Skittles lived with previous owner for 10 years and was surrendered due to allergies and no longer being able to care for her.
Previously lived with:
Skittles previously lived with one adult.
How is this cat around strangers?
Skittles will approach strangers and rub on their foot but will swat and scratch if petted.
How is this cat around children?
Skittles has previously interacted with a newborn and a 6 year old child. Skittles did not interact with either. If the 6 year old approached Skittles to pet her, Skittles would swat.
How is this cat around other cats?
Skittles has not interacted with other cats.
How is this cat around dogs?
Skittles has not interacted with dogs.
Skittles has never been bathed and will swat if you try to trim her nails. Skittles has never had her coat brushed and will swat if she is picked up and held. Skittles struggles when going into a carrier.
Skittles has never bitten another animal or human.
Skittles has a low energy level
Has this cat ever had any medical issues?
Skittles has no known medical issues.
For a New Family to Know
Skittles is an assertive and independent cat. When at home, Skittles likes to follow you around. Skittles was kept as an indoors only cat and fed dry food three times a day. Skittles is litter box trained and used an uncovered box with clay cat litter. Skittles did not have a scratching post, but instead had a rug to scratch on and would also scratch on the leather sofas.
Behavior Notes: Upon intake, Skittles was tense inside of her carrier as I pet her. Once out of her carrier, Skittles remained tense and low to the ground. Skittles allowed me to collar her and then tried to walk away. Skittles became tense and tried to grab onto the nearest item to avoid being picked up.
A volunteer writes:
Why go to a spa to relax and recharge when you can spend time with Skittles–the most Buddha-like cat at the Care Center. This tortie beauty is chill and easygoing; she’s not rattled by noise and demonstrates a confident, comfortable vibe with all the people who come by her kennel to gaze at her fluffy tortie coat. When it was my turn for a meet and greet, I spoke to her softly and she responded with sweetness and warmth, coming closer so I could pet her and then bowing her head for the head scratchings she loves. I guess her natural calmness rubbed off on me, because while spending time with her I felt like all the tension of the day had lifted. You’ll see what I mean when you meet lovely Skittles on 110th Street today.
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