Koda is new at the Sanctuary. He was adopted as a kitten, but things didn’t work out in his home. Koda had been behaving in a way that seemed a little aggressive. Lucky for Koda, we understand that sometimes the only way a cat can let you know something is wrong is by acting in a way that demands your attention!

First and foremost, we had to find out if something was physically wrong and if Koda was lashing out because he was hurting. The veterinary team went to work to rule out or treat any condition that would cause Koda to be painful when he was picked up. Next, caregivers wondered if his behavior was simply a case of overstimulation? Koda didn’t seem to have any medical problems. Overstimulation was the most likely scenario. Learning Koda’s cues that he is reaching his threshold while handling is changing his attitude. Now, Mr. Koda is most often found hugging his caregivers and clinging to them to stay, instead of trying to bite them and make them go away.

He’s still a youngster and as mischievous as any healthy confident kitty should be, but now if you get a swat, it’s because you zigged instead of zagged while playing. And the only biting going on are caregivers biting their own tongues after Koda has once again snuck out a door, eluded capture and gleefully galloped through the lobby of the building — for the seventh time that day.