The world’s saddest cat

When Benjamin Button the cat arrived at a shelter several months ago, the stray had deep cuts, a crushed spine and a cauliflower ear. A wild animal apparently paralyzed him and the tomcat’s medical condition was so severe the shelter planned to euthanize him, according to LoveMeow.

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Sitting in the BCSPCA waiting for someone to take me home… But no one wanted to.

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Luckily, a kind couple saved his life the day before the scheduled procedure. The vets warned them that the kitty wouldn’t eat, drink or move. They suspected he would never walk again, and his condition required lifelong medication. But the woman, who worked for an ER vet clinic, and her partner decided to give “BenBen” a shot.

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The BCSPCA were nice to me. They helped fix me up and gave me this silly pink bandage.

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When the rescuers brought him home, they noticed an immediate change. “I think he started to feel safe pretty quick because we were greeted with purrs and cuddles and so much affection,” his owners told Indy100. “It only took about an hour before he wanted to start exploring his new surroundings.”

Now BenBen runs, jumps and even plays at his forever home. The feline has some “excess skin” on his face, causing a permanently dour expression, but the so-called “saddest cat on the Internet” enjoys a completely new life.

Now he plays tablet games:

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I play games!

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And goes on “nighttime adventures:”

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Dad said I could go for a night time adventure!!! #thisisbenben #benbencatcat #cats #catsofinstagram #gingercatcrew #gingercat #cute #meow #catsonleashes #kittywalks #ilovemyhoomans

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He eat pizza:

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Not gonna share?! Ima just take the whole pizza!!!

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And enjoys lots of naps:

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…….aaaaaaaaaaaaaand nap!

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Lots and lots of naps:

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#benbencatcat #benben #imcute #ilovemyhoomans #travelincat #truckrides #stillcute #sleepykitty #catsofinstagram #cute #purrpurrpurr #disismyspot

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What a cutie!

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Plz don’t wake me hooman

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The ‘Saddest Cat on the Internet’ Has a Heartwarming New Job

Back in April, an adorable ginger tabby named BenBen was brought in to the Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre, suffering from puncture wounds, infected cuts, and worst of all, a crushed spine. He had a badly damaged left ear and was nearly unable to move.

The good news: The BC SPCA hospital was able to tend to his many injuries. The bad news: Due to his condition, BenBen was deemed unadoptable, and scheduled to be euthanized.

Fortunately, veterinarian technician Sandy Windover and her partner Adam adopted the resilient kitty. It was a tough road at first, with Sandy confirming BenBen was initially unable to take more than a couple of steps without falling over. But with patience, perseverance, and a whole lot of TLC, he’s now running and jumping with the best of them.

BenBen is now a social media phenom, with over 38,000 Instagram followers and 11,000 Facebook fans. Folks have connected with the plucky feline not just because of his inspiring tale of survival, but on account of those adorable down-turned eyes, which contribute to his perpetually melancholy look. Despite the fact he’s happy and content in the care of his new owners, BenBen has been lovingly dubbed ‘The Saddest Cat on the Internet.’

Sandy and Adam are hoping BenBen’s growing online following can help them raise funds for other animals in need. “Unfortunately the BC SPCA don’t have a lot of funding to help strays that come through their building,” Sandy explains. “So we thought we could help other cats just like BenBen.”

The couple has created a GoFundMe account, where all money raised will benefit stray animals in need of medical care, fostering, and adoption. So if you’re in a helping kind of mood, why not send a few dollars their way? It’ll definitely make BenBen happy. (Even though he probably won’t look it.)

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Sitting in the parking lot. Dad bought me a new coat! Look @ozzy_cat__ we both have coats! #thisisbenben #benbencatcat #catsofinstagram #gingercatcrew #gingercat #cats #catsincoats #happykitty #keepingwarm

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How do I get down there?

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Couple Takes a Chance on Sad Shelter Cat Who Couldn’t Find Home, an Hour After Adoption..

A shelter cat with the saddest face had given up hope, sitting quietly in the cage until a couple came to rescue him. What a difference adoption can make in just an hour!

Meet BenBen the cat!

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A sad little ginger stray came to the shelter with a crushed spine, several deep lacerations, and a cauliflower ear. The tomcat had a rough life fending for himself in the wild.

“It appears he was attacked by a large animal… His face permanently looks sad because he has a lot of excess skin on the face, and no one knows why,” BenBen’s human dad shares with Love Meow.

The shelter gave him a place to stay and cared for him for a while until a family adopted him, but soon returned him because of his medical needs.

“At that point he was deemed ‘un-adoptable’. The vets said he’d never walk and he’d be on pain meds for the rest of his life.”

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So the shelter decided to schedule him to be put down…

A kind woman, who works for an ER vet clinic learned about the ginger boy and the his plight, and knew she had to save him.

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Time was running out, so she and her boyfriend went to the shelter to take the kitty to freedom.

“We managed to get everything sorted out the day before his scheduled euthanization and brought him to his forever home.”

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The couple was told that when BenBen was at the shelter, he wouldn’t eat, drink or even move. “Almost as if ‘he knew he was going to die and had just given up hope’.”

As soon as they got him out, everything changed…

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“When we first brought him home we brought him into the bathroom to give him a moment to adjust to our other cats,” the couple told Love Meow.

“We sat down with him for about an hour and he was instantly full of purrs, smiles, and ‘thank you’ cuddles.”

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“I like to think he knew he was safe and had his forever home at that moment.

“It only took about an hour for him to start getting curious about his surroundings.”

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From that day on, BenBen became a different kitty.

He is a little supurrvisor in the house, always wants to know what his humans eat at every meal.

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“And even though the vets said he would never walk again he was determined to prove them wrong.”

Not only can BenBen walk, but he can run and even jump small distances!

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“He’s doing so well! No one who knew him before can believe he’s turned out so awesome.”

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It’s been nine months since his rescue. BenBen still has a sad face, but he knows underneath he’s the happiest kitty in the world.

“We’re so proud of this little monster.”

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Georgina Price and her fiancé, Chris, weren’t planning on adopting so soon after the loss of their rescue cat, Herbie. But when Price spotted Toby and Quinton on the RSPCA’s website, she knew she had to meet the bonded cats in person.

Toby was pretty hard to miss on the site. His slack, wrinkled face gave him a pensive expression making him appear wise beyond his six years

Toby has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a condition wherein his droopy skin is extremely fragile and easily tears. Having suffered in his last home, Toby looked to his big brother for protection in the shelter.

“Straight away we could see their bond,” Price told The Dodo. “Quinton wide-eyed and snappy (they gave us some tuna to feed them) but the whole time Toby was huddled in the corner or behind his brother constantly. Having rescued before, we knew this wasn’t anything to worry about.”

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For Price, it was love at first sight, and the couple immediately submitted an application.

“The fact that they both had medical issues, Toby’s EDS and Quinton’s lack of teeth, meant that not only could we help two special needs cats but also keep two brothers from other mothers together,” she said.

Quinton and Toby were hesitant to trust their new parents and insisted on living under the bed for weeks after their arrival. But after lots of time and treats, the timid cats began to warm up to their new parents, finally feeling comfortable and safe.

Quinton still made sure to care for Toby just as he had during their stay in the shelter.

“Quinton has been a great big brother and cleans Toby’s face and neck,” Price said. “Surprisingly Quinton barely gets his claws out when playing with Toby. He knows not to hurt him so normally a couple of soft boops does the trick.”

Toby’s unique looks have recently gained him a passionate following on Instagram. With over 12,000 followers, Toby is becoming a kind of poster cat for EDS, raising awareness around the rare condition.

“It’s hard not to fall in love with Toby as soon as you look at him, everybody does,” Price said. “However, the truth is Toby mostly suffers from the skin side of EDS — there’s a whole spectrum of symptoms that can come with EDS and in a way we are lucky the saggy skin is his main ailment.”

“It can be such a debilitating condition for people and animals,” Price added. “So spreading some awareness is a great offshoot of us just posting pictures of our cats.”

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Even with the daily challenges his condition poses, Toby loves spending his time playing with his bouncy ball, snuggling with his brother and begging his mom for belly rubs.

Though his drooping face looks sad, his mom insists that’s far from Toby’s disposition: “He’s such a happy boy and so wonderful and playful.”

“Toby is as he looks,” Price said, “the kindest and cutest little soul out there.” To learn more about Toby and his brother Quinton’s adventures, you can follow them on Instagram.

When Sandy Windover met BenBen the cat, he was a scared and shattered animal.

But Windover didn’t see an “ugly” or “unwanted” kitty, rather, as she tells Pet Central, “What drew us to him was that he was so broken and tiny and thrown away like no one wanted him and his eyes saw right into our souls.”

Windover, who works at an emergency veterinary clinic in British Columbia, first laid eyes on the cat when he was brought in by the BC SPCA.

The abandoned feline was suffering. He came in with an infected wound, puncture marks over his body, a “cauliflower” ear and spinal injuries in multiple locations.

While BenBen was treated for his injuries, Windover quickly fell in love with the cat.

After two weeks of care, Windover and her boyfriend gave BenBen a new, loving home—their own.

After posting photos of BenBen online, the cat became something of a viral sensation. He was deemed the saddest cat on the internet and cat lovers everywhere were thrilled to see that BenBen was adopted. Since then, Windover has created various social media pages for fans to follow BenBen throughout his recovery (including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), as well as a GoFundMe page (delightfully titled BenBen FundFund for Animals in Need) to help other stray cats who need help like he once did.

Our FundFund is our way to give back and to save as many fur babies as we can with kind hearted people’s donation,” she says. “We want other special animals to get a chance at adoption, because not every pet at the shelter will find a home.”

BenBen no longer has an infection, but his ear and spine are permanently damaged and he will require lifelong pain meds to keep him comfortable. But despite his injuries, BenBen now has a chance to thrive and be the happy cat he always deserved to be.

“The best way to describe Ben is he is a goofball!” Windover says. “When we first brought him home he was full of purrs and cuddles and since being able to run and jump he’s gotten much more adventurous and wants to explore and smell everything. He plays all the time and takes cat-naps whenever he wants.”

Windover hopes that BenBen’s story will inspire other pet-friendly homes to open their doors and adopt animals who may be overlooked. “BenBen’s journey has been so remarkable and it has taught us patience and that everyone—big and small—deserves love and a second chance!”

Images via BenBen the Cat Instagram

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BenBen the cat has had a tough life.

When he was brought into a shelter, BenBen had a crushed spine, a crumpled ear, and cuts and bruises all over the body. It’s believed he may have been attacked by a larger animal.

His excess skin made him look as gloomy as he likely felt. He wasn’t eating, drinking, or playing, and staff believed he might never walk again.

In pain and thought to be likely to die, BenBen was scheduled to be put down.

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But then someone stepped in.

A woman who heard about BenBen through the emergency vet clinic where she worked showed up at the shelter with one mission: to give BenBen the loving home he deserved.

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The day before the cat was scheduled to be put down, the woman and her boyfriend took little BenBen home.

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And within an hour, BenBen was a changed cat.

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‘We sat down with him for about an hour and he was instantly full of purrs, smiles, and ‘thank you’ cuddles,’ the couple told Love Meow.

‘I like to think he knew he was safe and had his forever home at that moment.’

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Slowly, BenBen was able to walk again. He ate, and put on weight.

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While his loose skin still made him look a little moody, his behaviour showed just how happy BenBen truly was on the inside.

Nine months later, BenBen is now a happy kitty who loves to play, snooze, and try to steal his humans’ food.

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It just goes to show much of a difference love and affection can make.

To keep up with BenBen’s adventures, follow him on Instagram.

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BenBen, short for Benjamin Button, was known as the saddest cat on the Internet, but things have changed now that he has a forever home. (All photos: BenBenCatCat Instagram)


He was called The Saddest Cat on the Internet. With a crushed spine, cauliflower ear, deep lacerations, and extra skin on his face that gave him his signature look, he was continually passed over at the BCSPCA shelter and was scheduled for euthanasia.

The kitty, which staffers thought had been attacked by a large animal was paralyzed, and as the day grew closer to his final day, he stopped eating and drinking, almost as if he knew he chances for a happy life were over.

Then a miracle happened. A woman who worked at an ER vet clinic heard BenBen’s story and knew she needed to save him.

With little time to spare, the woman and her boyfriend adopted him, managing to get all the necessary paperwork completed just under the wire.

They brought him home and, within the hour, there were purrs and cuddles galore. BenBen knew he had a forever home.

BenBen, the cat that no one wanted, that everyone thought would never walk again, is now happy, healthy, and, yes, even runs. His owners are so inspired by BenBen’s story and the outpouring of love and support he has gotten from around they world, they are hoping to help other strays and set up a GoFundMe page just other animals in need.

While he may still look like he is The Saddest Cat on the Internet, it is clear he may now be the happiest cat in the world.

To learn more about how you can support BenBen’s GoFundMe page, , and to follow his adventures, check out his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.