Say hello to baby carriers for feral kittens. Just like baby carriers, Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) created a mesh pouch vest for feral kittens so they can get familiar with humans more easily.
“The idea was to have something that allows kittens to socialize, and be hands-free, thus allowing staff and volunteers to multi-task (answering phones, talking with clients etc.),” Michael DeFina, media relations officer at ARL told The Dodo.
“The design allows the kitten to be flooded with stimuli in a safe way while being constantly monitored by whoever is wearing the vest. Three were made and we are looking to make more.“
Nicknamed Kitten Bjorn, the pouch can be worn by animal shelter staff or anyone really, like a vest and place feral kittens inside the mesh pouch. This allows the little kittens to experience the outside world and feel safe at the same time while the person carrying them can go about their regular day.
The idea of Kitten Bjorn was born 10 years ago and the staff at ARL has been using the vests for the past 7 years. The vest has been extremely helpful in making feral kittens comfortable around humans and ARL is working on making more in the future.
With the help of Kitten Bjorn, feral kittens are able to socialize with humans quicker than before and the process has become really simple for the staff.
(Source: The Dodo)