Pesto’s mother adopted her when she was quite cautious and skittish. She had been through a lot before being rescued, and she needed some time to adjust before she felt entirely at ease. Fortunately, her mother was more than happy to give her the space she needed.
Pesto’s mother, Madison Holton, told The Dodo, “It took a few weeks of tiptoeing about my flat to win her trust, but we have been connected at the hip ever since.” “At first, Pesto was shy, but I quickly understood that all she needed was a little patience and compassion until she felt at ease enough to be a regular kitten.” Pesto has been described as “the loveliest and calmest cat they have ever seen” by everyone who has met her.
Pesto still feels apprehensive now and again, but she’s developed coping mechanisms that help her deal with her anxiety, namely her emotional support strings.
“Pesto is obsessed with shoelaces and will seldom interact with anything that isn’t’string-like,'” Holton added. “She’d attempt to take them from my shoes or the strings from my sweaters, so I simply took one out for her and put a… catnip toy around it.” She started carrying a shoelace around the home a number of years ago, and I noticed it. She first brought it to me while I was asleep, and I began to refer to the shoelace as ‘Pesto’s string,’ or her ’emotional support string.'”
Pesto now carries a string with her at all times. She has two that she alternates between, and her mother has a third on hand as a backup. Pesto appears to find solace in the strings, and they appear to aid her in coping with life’s stresses. Pesto treasures her threads, but she’s prepared to share them with her mother if she appears anxious and in desperate need.
“I observed that Pesto would go collect her string and bring it to my feet when I was most anxious during my meetings,” Holton said. “At first, I was irritated because she kept interrupting Zoom conversations, but then I realized she knew I’d grin and relax when she handed me the string. My jaw would relax, and I’d take a minute to remind myself that work isn’t everything. Her emotional support string deliveries were a daily event that filled me with delight. I tried picking up her string and playing with her on occasion, but she appeared more interested in snuggling after a delivery. Pesto made it a point to pick up the string every time. If I didn’t respond to the initial string delivery, she’d go grab another and repeat the process until I took the essential break from work.”
Pesto is well aware of how much her emotional support strings assist her when she is upset or nervous, so she knows precisely what to do if she notices her mother is experiencing similar feelings.
Pesto has gone through a lot in her short life, but there’s nothing she can’t manage as long as she has her mother and her strings.