Although our own feline friends are content and secure, countless cats and kittens suffer from abuse and neglect in today’s world. Benny, a brave little cat, experienced heartbreak and evil during his early days. Despite his past, he persevered and demonstrated that he was a fighter. I spoke with his cat mom about his heroic journey, and she graciously allowed me to share his story of triumph over adversity with others. Although he may have used up some of his nine lives at the start, Benny’s happiness serves as proof that the remaining ones will be filled with love and kindness.
Beverly recounted to me the touching story of how Benny became a part of her life. Benny’s past was marred by abuse inflicted by his former owners, which rendered him with a crooked smile, a wonky walk, and permanent neurological damage. He was only six months old when he was found in a state of fear, malnutrition, and injury due to the violence he experienced. Despite all this, Benny’s spirit remained unbroken, and he managed to overcome his traumatic experience to become an affectionate, playful, and loving cat. Benny’s previous owners were also guilty of domestic violence, and it was discovered that they had been hurting him in secret for some time. One day, their five-year-old son exposed the abuse to his grandmother, who quickly took the kitten to the local animal shelter. There, the dedicated staff and veterinarians worked tirelessly to nurse Benny back to health, performing surgeries and giving him the care he needed to recover. Beverly fell in love with Benny immediately upon meeting him at the shelter and sought to adopt him once he was available. She renamed him Benny, giving him a new name to signify his new life. Benny’s original name, Eli, was associated with his painful past, and Beverly felt that he needed a happy, fun name to start anew. Benny now enjoys a life of safety, love, and playfulness, leaving his past behind and embracing his newfound happiness.
Can you describe his character? Benny is incredibly resilient despite the injuries he suffered. Despite his physical and neurological limitations, he remains playful and active, running, jumping, and playing like any other cat. He has a friendly personality and loves receiving attention and affection from anyone who crosses his path. Benny enjoys going on walks around the neighborhood and meeting new people. He’s also quite cuddly and loves to be groomed by his brothers. However, he can be stubborn and demanding, especially when it comes to food. If I’m late with his meals, he’ll let me know with a loud meow. What are Benny’s favorite activities? Benny loves to eat! He also enjoys playing chase with his brother and foster cat. On sunny days, he likes to sit outside in our enclosed garden. Benny also takes pleasure in going on strolls in his stroller around the neighborhood.
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Cats are fascinating creatures, and one of the interesting things about them is that some have freckles. At home, Benny has a brother named Manny whom he gets along with well, but his sister Ruthie is always scared and stays in my bedroom. We also have a military foster cat named Hisenberg who gets along with Benny so well that I worry about how he’ll react when Hisenberg leaves. Benny is a special cat, and people fall in love with him when they meet him or follow him on social media. He’s even been dubbed “the ambassador of joy and hope” by someone. Benny brings smiles to people’s faces, especially during the pandemic when people looked forward to seeing him every day. He also helps spread awareness about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Through his in-person and virtual birthday parties/fundraisers, he has raised around $10,000 for the cat rescue that helped him and the local shelter that saved his life.
I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Beverly for giving me the opportunity to share Benny’s story and pictures with all of the Cattitude Daily readers. If you’re interested in learning more about Benny, be sure to visit his Facebook and Instagram pages. I believe that these two are a perfect match who saved each other’s lives with their affection, and I’m delighted that they met.