At Jelly’s Place in San Pablo, California, the kitten wasn’t exactly the most adoptable. She would hiss and withdraw her entire body into a corner when people went by or approached the kitten’s cage.
The kitten, who had been found as a stray, didn’t have a hope of finding a home.
Kendal Benken, one of the shelter’s seasoned wild kitten whisperers, was contacted. Benken told The Dodo, “They said, ‘You best come here and have a look at this strange animal.'”
Benken has mastered the art of taming even the most untamed kittens. She and her rescue dogs and cats have the ability to make even the most distraught creatures feel at home.
She dashed over to the shelter and had a look at the cat. Benken concluded the 5-week-old Siamese wasn’t intimidating, but afraid, within minutes.
“No one was able to touch her.” “She was enraged,” Benken explained. “She was a small devil,” says the narrator. It was a fight-or-flight response. She had most likely never been handled before. She was abrasive in her demeanor. She was hissing and hissing and hissing and hissing and his “However, she was lovely.”
The only way to transport the grumpy kitty was to wrap her in a towel and gently cradle her. Benken swaddled the cat lovingly, placed her in a container, and drove her home.
The kitty was not delighted with this arrangement, and she was still cranky when she arrived to Benken’s house. Benken called her Betty because she believed she’d win her over. “She had those [Bette] Davis eyes, those large, lovely blue eyes,” says the narrator. “She reminded me of Betty,” Benken stated.
Betty was unwrapped and placed in the middle of the kitchen by Benken. “I put her in a large dog kennel with food, water, and a litter box,” said the owner. Benken explained, “She couldn’t escape and hide.” “For feral kittens, forcing them out of their comfort zone and placing them in a busy section of your house is the greatest thing you can do.”
Benken’s family of rescue animals soon arrived to see Betty. The dogs were enthralled by the difficult new foster family member. Betty’s demeanor somehow increased their admiration for her.
They’d snuggle around the kitten, trying to make her feel at ease in the hopes that Betty might become their companion one day. Truvy, a large yellow Lab mix who adores foster kittens, desired this the most of all the animals in Benken’s home.
“Truvy possesses a unique talent. She is drawn to the rescue missions. I believe she considers herself to be a mother cat. “Truvy was enthralled by Betty,” Benken explained.