Benedict Cumbercat is all about giving back. The feline was rescued when he was a kitten by Ellen Carozza. The veterinary technician decided to take the little guy home, even though he was suffering from a variety of health problems.
“The moment I saw his scrawny hot mess of a body, I wanted him,” Carozza told The Dodo. “I fell in love even with the snotty nose and his horrible eye infection. I knew he was supposed to be mine.”
Benedict, or Benny as he’s called, took after his human and is now active in caring for the orphaned kitties Carozza brings home. He’s even the first one to check the kittens out, The Dodo reports.
He cuddles them.
He grooms them.
He even shares meals with them.
And he grooms them some more.
“Benny is a natural with the babies,” Carozza told The Dodo. “I don’t know if it was due to us being very hands-on with him and sharing the routines, but every box of kittens I brought home he had to see what was in it. It was like a treat. He actually gets very depressed when we don’t have kittens. I’d like to think he is returning the favor we gave him a few years ago.”
And that favor was extended to a tiny black kitten named Winifred. Winnie was half the weight she should have been. Her mother rejected her and her brother died. No doubt Carozza couldn’t resist bringing the little creature home to nurture. After all, she has an incubator and Benny at home.
Benny gives Winnie kisses for comfort.
And of course he grooms her.
“When the kittens aren’t with Benny, they do get a snuggle cat mom with an artificial heartbeat for comfort,” Carozza told The Dodo. “But it doesn’t purr. It doesn’t clean you. It doesn’t help you to be a cat. He fills those gaps in.”
Benny is doing a great job and soon Winnie will be big enough and strong enough to go live with Carozza’s sister. After that, we’re pretty sure Benny will have more kittens to pay it forward to.