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How to be prepared and know what to expect before adopting a kitten

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jul 09, 2019

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Genesee County Sheriff's Deputies said an 8 week-old kitten had to be put down, after it was thrown from a moving car Saturday evening.

The kitten suffered from two broken legs, chest contusions and head trauma. The sheriff's office tells us this is an ongoing investigation.

The kitten was taken to the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

Staff there could not speak to us about the kitten as this is an on-going investigation, but one volunteer gave us tips on what to do and what to expect before adopting a kitten.

"They're babies. First thing people need to know is that they're babies. They need the right food, they need kitten chow," said volunteer Sue Sullivan.

Sullivan said kittens don't know house rules; they will climb up drapes and human legs and get into mischief.

"You have to be willing to put up with a little bit of that, you know. If you can't tolerate that kind of thing then you should probably think about a different kind of pet," she said.

She said kittens need clean litter everyday, fresh water and regular visits to the vet. She also recommends getting plenty of toys for play time.

"Sometimes it's better to adopt kittens in pairs. Because then they'll fight and wrestle with each other," Sullivan said.

And if you're adopting one kitten, she recommends getting a stuffed animal the same size of the kitten so it can wrestle with it.

"Don't let them wrestle with your hands, if you teach them to wrestle with your hands when they're little, they will wrestle with your hands when they're big," she said.

Sullivan has been volunteering at the shelter for a year and a half, but she's been caring for cats almost her whole life, and said it's something that's very rewarding.

"Just the ability to give your attention and your affection and your caring for a another creature is good for people," said Sullivan.

She said the shelter expects a lot more cats in the next 1 to 2 weeks because for some reason, this time of year a lot of them are brought in.