When a kitten is feral and is rescued young enough, it’s totally possible to get him used to people and turn him into an amazing family pet. It can take a little time, though, and so one shelter came up with a way to make the process way faster and a lot more fun.
Ten years ago, staffers at the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) were having a conversation about feral cats with a volunteer who was a professional seamstress. Feral kittens 4 months and younger can be socialized into friendly, loving family members, but they need a lot of exposure to people, which can take up a lot of time that shelter staffers simply might not have. They needed a way to multi-task — and that’s how the idea for the “Kitten Bjorn” was born.