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Adorable Three-Legged Kitten Becomes ‘Dishwater Supervisor’ At His Foster Home

Posted in Cat Stories - On: November 15, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: November 15, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

This touching tale of resilience and bravery centers around a tiny orange kitten named Benjamin, whose extraordinary journey began with a compassionate Good Samaritan.

It was a day like any other when this kind-hearted individual stumbled upon a frail orange kitten with a severely injured front leg.

The sight was heart-wrenching and without hesitation, they scooped up the injured feline and rushed him an emergency veterinary clinic, where Benjamin's fate would take a remarkable turn.

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They soon realized that Benjamin's injured leg was beyond repair and would have to be surgically removed. It was a difficult decision but they knew it was the best course of action if they were to give the little kitten a fighting chance.

At just 7-8 weeks old, Benjamin displayed an astonishing level of resilience and bravery that left those who cared for him in awe.

His purr was like a roaring engine of happiness. It resonated through the clinic whenever he was surrounded by people who genuinely cared for his well-being.

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Even in the midst of recovery, Benjamin's spirit remained unbroken. When the veterinarian paid him a visit, he didn't shy away or cower in pain.

Instead, he eagerly got up on his remaining three legs, nudging her hand for attention.

It was as if he understood that these compassionate humans were here to help him, and he welcomed their presence with an open heart.

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After his surgery, Benjamin's journey took another heartwarming turn when he was welcomed into the loving care of Lori White, a dedicated foster parent who works with ARPO, the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership. 

Lori's home became a sanctuary for Benjamin, a place of healing and warmth where he could recuperate and thrive.

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From the moment Lori picked him up, Benjamin's gratitude was plain to see. 

He began to purr and communicated with his signature "speak meow," as if to say, "Thank you for rescuing me; I know I'm safe now."

With his boundless curiosity, he explored every nook and cranny of his new space, proving that nothing could hold back his insatiable zest for life.

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Benjamin's resilience was nothing short of remarkable. He never let his physical limitations define him, and instead, he approached each day with enthusiasm and determination.

He conquered the challenges of using his litter box effortlessly, engaged in playful antics with his cat bed, and filled the room with his blissful purring.

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Lori had the privilege of witnessing Benjamin's journey of recovery firsthand, and she described him as a kitten who never seemed sad or in pain.

Instead, he exuded a contagious enthusiasm for life, always eager to interact with people who entered his recovery room.

In the face of adversity, Benjamin's spirit remained unbroken. His desire to explore, be around other animals, and interact with people was boundless. Whenever Lori was working at her desk, he would climb up onto her lap, purring loudly.

"It's like he was thinking, 'I've lost a leg, but I have still got so much to do and see, and I'm not going to let this hold me back,'" Lori explained. 

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One of Benjamin's most endearing qualities was his fascination with the dishwasher!

It was as if he had appointed himself as the official supervisor of this household appliance.

Lori recounted how, upon being granted access to the rest of the house, Benjamin would rush over at the mere sound of the dishwasher door opening.

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Totally intrigued by this machine, Benjamin would oversee the entire process of loading and unloading dishes, ensuring that no dish or utensil was forgotten or misplaced.

It was a charming and heartwarming sight, as this three-legged wonder tackled his supervisory role with dedication and seriousness.

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As Benjamin continued to recover and grow, his sense of adventure led him to new heights.

He scaled a large chair in the living room and claimed it as his vantage point, watching over everyone without being a hindrance.

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This delightful kitten grew stronger and healthier with each passing day and the time came for him to find his forever home.

In an extraordinary twist of fate, his perfect family lived just a few miles away, and it was a member of staff from the clinic where his journey began.

From the moment she laid eyes on him she found herself irresistibly drawn to this courageous kitty.

Benjamin, now affectionately known as Captain Hook, had woven his way into her heart, and she knew she was meant to be his forever mom.

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So Captain Hook embarked on his new life in his forever home, where he would join his feline sister, Tinkerbell.

The transition was seamless, as if destiny had guided Benjamin to the place where he truly belonged.

The dishwasher, Benjamin's trusted companion, made its debut in his new home, and he wasted no time in sharing his playful adventures with Tinkerbell.

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"Benjamin is quite the character and I have loved being a part of his journey. He has been a constant source of joy," Lori shared.

"We can all learn something from his resiliency and gusto for life," she added.

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Benjamin, or Captain Hook as he is now known, loves his new life in his forever home, as long as he can remain the dishwasher supervisor, life will always be sweet!

You can see more of Captain Hook and Tinkerbell here and find out more about Lori's other fosters on Instagram


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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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