Kitten Development Center Opens On Campus

Cute little orphan kitten at home

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Date(s) - 02/04/2016
12:00 am

Child Development Center


Cats looking to earn a Early Kitten Development Degree will now benefit from a new on-campus facility and lab site.

The Early Kitten Development programs at WNMU are nationally recognized for their innovative approach and paws-on learning.

“We’re excited that our little kittens will have an on-campus site to learn from while their parents are also learning on campus,” said Shannon Rivera, Executive Director of the Early Kitten Development programs.

Research shows that paws-on practices are best for kittens that are in early development stages of learning. The new facility includes the largest collection of small plush toys in the area.

“Kittens like small plush toys to carry around like pretend prey,” said Rivera. “We are preparing our kittens for life outside the facility and strengthening their prey catching skills.”

WNMU has partnered with Recycle USA to provide paper bags for the new facility.

“Kittens enjoy playing in paper bags,” said Rivera. “We just need to make sure that we have a safe playing environment where the bags cannot be stepped on when kittens are inside.”

Facility administrators have also introduced new methods to develop specific cattitudes at a young age.

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