Never having seen a human let alone been close to one she screamed whenever someone tried to pick her up.
Found without a Mom a tuxedo kitten is brought in the New York City ASPCA. Underweight and unsocialized she turns out to be one heck of a tiny tuxedo spitfire. So feral, this tiny tuxedo screams every time someone picks her up.
It was clear that if this kitten was ever going to be adopted she would first need to be socialized. The little orphan was given to foster Mom, Kyla Burton, who was willing to take on the difficult task. This would be Kyla’s first feral kitten.
“She was the first ‘feral’ kitten I had ever worked with but took on the challenge knowing that I had many resources available to me,” said Kyla. “She would scream when I would pick her up. It took about a week before we became friends.”
Kyla first tried to win her reluctant friend over with treats. She also kept her company when she was having her meals and spent time with her while she played, trying to show her she meant no harm.
As time went by Kyla’s overtures of friendship began to bear fruit, slowly but surely she began to win the cute tuxedo kitten over. To the point where, Calvin as Kyla named her, began to follow her around like a little shadow.
When Kyla took Calvin in for her second check-up at the vets they quickly saw an improvement in her behavior and sent Kyla home with two more foster kittens.
Calvin, as you would expect, was over the moon to have more friends to play with and snuggle up to. Kyla soon noticed how caring and nurturing Calvin’s true nature was toward kittens in need.
When the tuxedo was ready for spay surgery and adoption, another volunteer took her for a vet visit.