Grumpy Shelter Kitten Transforms With The Help Of A Giant Dog

The kitten wasn’t the most adoptable at San Pablo, California’s Jelly’s Place shelter. When visitors passed by or approached the kitten’s cage, she would hiss and withdraw her entire body into a corner.

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The kitten, found as a stray, didn’t have a hope of finding a loving home.

Kendal Benken, one of the shelter’s seasoned wild kitten whisperers, was contacted. “They said, ‘You should come here and look at this weird animal,’” Benken said to The Dodo.

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Benken is an expert at taming even the most rambunctious kittens. She and her team of rescue dogs and cats have the ability to make even the most disturbed creatures feel like they are a part of the family.

She dashed to the shelter to look at the kitten. Within minutes, Benken determined that the 5-week-old Siamese wasn’t terrifying, but rather scared.

“No one could get near her. “She was furious,” Benken stated. “She was a teeny-tiny devil.” It was a terror response. She had most likely never been handled. She was acting really aggressively. She made a hissing sound. She was, nevertheless, lovely.”

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The only way to transport the irritable kitten was to carefully wrap her in a towel. 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 had a feeling she’d win her over, so he christened her Betty. “She had [Bette] Davis’s eyes, enormous, lovely blue eyes.” “She reminded me of Betty,” Benken stated.

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Benken unwrapped Betty and placed her in the center of the kitchen. “I put her in a large dog kennel and provided her with food, drink, and a litter box.” “She couldn’t flee and hide,” Benken explained. “The greatest thing you can do with feral kittens is to force them out of their comfort zone and place them in a busy section of your house.”

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Soon after, Benken’s rescue animal family arrived to meet Betty. The dogs were enthralled by the testy new foster family member. Betty’s demeanor just added to their admiration for her.

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They’d snuggle around the cat and attempt to make her feel at ease, hoping Betty might become their buddy one day. Truvy, a large yellow Lab mix who adores foster kittens, desired this the most of all the animals in Benken’s home.

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“Truvy possesses a unique talent.” She is drawn to the rescues. I believe she considers herself to be a mom cat. “Truvy was captivated by Betty,” Benken explained.

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Betty grew used to her new load with each passing day. Betty concluded after approximately two weeks that the Benkens weren’t that horrible after all. She no longer needed to be swaddled. She enjoyed being hugged and petted. Then came a turning point: Betty claimed Truvy as a friend.

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“Betty simply jumped atop Truvy, made herself at home, and refused to move.” Truvy was terrified of moving since she knew Betty was following her. “It was the most delightful thing,” Benken added. “Truvy was overjoyed that Betty had finally returned her devotion.”

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For Benken, it was a bittersweet time. She’d grown to like Betty, but she realized her work as a foster mother was done. The hissing, frightening kitten had changed into a charming, sociable family member and was ready for adoption.

Benken, Betty’s foster mother, was very picky about who would adopt her. Roz Westil, on the other hand, couldn’t have been happier when Benken questioned her.

“When I chatted with Roz, I knew she was the one for Betty.” “She’s such a wonderful cat, and I wanted her to go to someone who would treat her so well,” Benken explained.

And Westil claimed that as soon as she chatted with Benken, she knew Betty was the one. “It was a stroke of luck,” Westil told The Dodo. “When she emailed me the photo of Betty on top of the dog, I thought, ‘How can I not adopt her?’”

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Betty needed a few weeks to become used to Westil and her new surroundings. “I assumed she was terrified. “I kept her in a safe atmosphere and gradually broadened it, and I let her tell me what she wanted to do,” Westil explained.

Betty is now a pleasant, confident, and inquisitive cat that makes Westil chuckle with her antics.

Betty is doing so well that Westil decided to adopt another rescue cat, Amber. It wasn’t love at first sight, but the two have evolved into their own cat group.

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“When they were acquainted, Betty bolted,” Westil explained. “It took both of them a while. Then I’m not sure what occurred! They connected in a week and are now inseparable. It’s simply incredible. They spend practically all of their time together.”

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“When they were acquainted, Betty bolted,” Westil explained. “It took both of them a while. Then I’m not sure what occurred! They connected in a week and are now inseparable. It’s simply incredible. They spend practically all of their time together.”

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