Tools & Tips
Some cats tolerate handling well, while others resist being confined or restricted in any way. The Hug Item is designed to determine the cat’s comfort level with being picked up and held.
Some adopters prefer very playful cats, while other adopters are not much interested in frequent play sessions with their cat. The Play Item determines a cat’s playfulness, sociability, and toy preferences. The item also correlates with a cat’s activity level in the home.
The Stroking Item is designed to determine the cat’s tolerance/enjoyment of petting. Defensive behaviors during this item correlate with difficulty in handling for veterinary care, grooming, etc.
The Open Hand Item expands on the Call and Approach Item and focuses on forced interaction. The item is predictive of the cat’s valiance.
The Call and Approach Item is designed to rate how the cat responds when the evaluator attempts to engage the cat using voice and an extended fist. This item focuses on both social behavior and valiance, as well as whether or not the cat will be “talkative” in the new home.
Introduction to Novel Space is designed to determine the cat’s valiance in new situations and sociability to strangers when given some adjustment time and the freedom to approach or retreat as he wishes.
Valiance refers to the cat’s boldness and response to new stimuli.
After approaching the cage and observing behavior during items 1-3, calmly and slowly open the cage door while watching the cat. This should be done without talking to the cat. Observe the cat’s behavior the moment the door is initially opened.
Once the Greeting Approach is complete, observe the condition of the cage noting if the cage is neat and tidy, if that cat has rearranged the items, or any other cage condition changes.
Watch the Cage Condition Item in action.
The Greeting Approach determines sociability toward strangers when the cat is in stressful surroundings. This item helps to determine the cat’s social response to people. This item also identifies cats that are likely to be vocal in the home.
The Body Posture item is designed to give us information about the cat’s social behavior. This assessment item is to be conducted in conjunction with Item 2, Greeting Approach. Enter the score for Items 1 and 2 after completion of the Greeting Approach.