The in­ge­nious “kit­ten björn” is help­ing over­whelmed shel­ters to so­cial­ize feral kit­tens

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Feral kit­tens, un­ac­cus­tomed to hu­man con­tact, need time to adapt to peo­ple be­fore they can be adopted—but time is of­ten lim­ited for staffers of crowded an­i­mal shel­ters, who of­ten need to multi-task to en­sure all an­i­mals are equally cared for. This is where the in­ge­nious “kit­ten björn” comes in.

“What’s a kit­ten björn?” you may ask. While you may not have heard the term be­fore, you’re likely fa­mil­iar with the Baby Björn, a car­rier that can be strapped onto a par­ent, al­low­ing for phys­i­cal con­tact with the baby while keep­ing hands free. The con­ve­nient de­sign al­lows par­ents to go about their dayto-day with­out fore­go­ing the im­por­tant phys­i­cal con­tact that bonds par­ent and child.

In­spired by the Baby Björn, staffers at the An­i­mal Res­cue League of Bos­ton ap­plied the Björn de­sign to work for feral kit­tens. The young kit­tens are cra­dled in the pouch of a hands-free “kit­ten björn” vest the staffers wear, so that kit­tens can safely adapt to hu­man con­tact while shel­ter work­ers go about other tasks. Ac­cord­ing to the Dodo, kit­ten björns can have feral kit­tens ready for adop­tion af­ter only 48 hours. Adorably, work­ers can tell the process is work­ing when the for­merly feral kit­ties start to purr. This in­sanely cute process not only helps to take kit­tens off the street and adopt them to for­ever homes, but it lets an­i­mal shel­ter staff multi-task and care for more an­i­mals. It’s a win-win we can’t get enough of!

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