Sweet Dog Helps Tame Feral Kitten

Sweet Dog Helps Tame Feral Kitten

  • A feral cat whisperer helped tame a wild kitten who seemed unadoptable at the shelter.
  • With the help of the loving dog who stayed beside her, the kitten’s sweet personality shone through in just two weeks.
  • She has since found her forever family and now has a new cat best friend.

The Jelly’s Place shelter in San Pablo, California, had been sheltering a feral kitten, who put off potential adopters by retreating into a corner and hissing at whoever approached.

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

So the shelter contacted a seasoned feral kitten whisperer, Kendal Benken, to help get the kitten ready for adoption.

When Kendal observed the 5-week-old Siamese kitten at the shelter, she realized that even though the kitty seemed like a “little, tiny demon,” she only acted that way out of fear.

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

Kendal even found her adorable! She told The Dodo, “She had those [Bette] Davis eyes, huge, pretty blue eyes. She looked like a Betty to me.”

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

Since the kitten didn’t like being touched, Kendal had to gently swaddle her with a towel. She then placed her in a crate and took her home.

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

Kendal said, “I put her in a big dog crate with food, water, and a litter box. She could not run and hide. With feral kittens, the best thing you can do is force them out of their comfort zone and put them in a busy part of your house.”

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

Kendal’s pack of rescue animals were curious about Betty and tried to be welcoming to her.

Truvy, a giant yellow Lab mix, grew fond of her.

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

As the days went by, Betty gradually felt safe among her new pack.

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

After two weeks, she could be held and pet without being swaddled! The best thing was that she formed a friendship with sweet Truvy.

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

Kendal said, “Truvy was delighted Betty finally returned her affection.”

Photo Credit: Kendal Benken

Kendal had grown to love Betty, but she knew that she had completed her job as a foster mom. The kitten was ready to find her forever family.

She made sure to be picky about Betty’s future family, and soon found a perfect candidate in Roz Westil.

Roz also found Betty to be perfect: “She sent me the picture of Betty on top of the dog, and I thought, ‘How can I not adopt her?’”

Photo Credit: Roz Westil

After a few weeks, Betty got comfortable with Roz and her new home. Now, she even sleeps beside her owner and cuddles! Her curious, loving, and friendly personality is shining through.

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Roz soon adopted another rescue cat, Amber, to keep Betty company.

Photo Credit: Roz Westil

The two cats have since been filling Roz’s house and heart with love and joy.

Photo Credit: Roz Westil

Betty has found her own pack! And it’s thanks to the feral cat whisperer Kendal and the cat-loving Truvy.

 

Source: The Dodo


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