cat caregiver

Does anyone have a fairly simple form that our volunteers could use to assess the behavior/personality of a cat that is new to the rescue? The cat will have already been deemed friendly by our vet tech, but we are wanting to provide the adoption counselors with a better understanding of the cat's behavior after it gets into one of the adult adoption rooms to help them match up cats to adopters. I searched the resource library but did not come up with anything. Thanks!

  • August 10, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    When I was writing bios for a rescue I created a questionnaire that I sent to fosters, I will have to see if I can find it. It was mostly just off-the-wall questions as if you were interviewing the dog and the dog was answering. It was totally silly, but helped get good material that I then worked into fun and compelling stories and bios. I got some really humorous responses too.

    I don't know how well it would suit your needs or work for cats, but would be happy to send it if I can find it.

  • July 17, 2020 at 03:09 PM

    We find that the cat may exhibit different many behaviors in the home than when they are in the shelter - so I am hesitant to label the cat for the purposes of adoption. I try to focus the assessment for the purpose of volunteer interaction. That being said, there is some important information that the previous owner or foster can provide that gives us a better personality profile for the cat. I like the likes/not a fan of form that ChiAnmResCats provided.

  • July 06, 2020 at 06:52 PM

    We have just a little likes/dislikes form we use and ask the volunteers to fill out as we get to know the cat. Hoping it attached okay here!

  • June 29, 2020 at 02:14 PM

    ASPCA has a great resource called "Felineality", I've created a more simple form if you are a little short on time based off of how many you may intake.

    This is a google form, and google sheet that can help you with what we do for that. Feel free to mess around with that as you'd like, or if you have a technology person they can give it a spin. If you are able to spend more time with cats, roughly 20 minutes or more with a cat/kitten this is the ASPCA's version.

    • June 30, 2020 at 04:03 AM

      Is there an estimate on how long the Feline-ality program takes in shelters? I read through the ASPCA guide for it and didn't see a mention of how long the assessment took on average. I'd be interested to hear from people who use this guide or some version of it to assess cat personalities!

      • June 30, 2020 at 06:03 AM

        I spoke to a shelter that used the ASPCA's feline-ality, they said it took roughly 20 minutes per cat, but in their opinion it was worth it.

    • June 29, 2020 at 02:53 PM

      Couldn't see the form as it indicated I needed access. I clicked to request access. You will see my email beginning with jcgc50. Thanks.

      • June 30, 2020 at 06:02 AM

        It looks like it's not going to let me share it because it's in a "Shared Drive", but here is a copy of it, sorry!

        • June 30, 2020 at 06:04 AM

          • June 30, 2020 at 09:04 AM

            Got it, thanks!