A kitten that hitched a six-hour ride from Connecticut to western New York curled up on top of a car's gas tank will be put up for adoption.
The cat was found by workers at Smitty's Transmissions in suburban Rochester when a Connecticut couple bought in their car after dropping their son off at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The couple had heard the cat purring.
The Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester reports Sunday that workers found the kitten, estimated to be about six weeks old, curled in a tiny alcove above the gas tank. They named the cat Connecticut.
"It was pretty mind-boggling," said Chuck Evert, one of the workers who found the kitten. "We thought if there's a cat in there, it's not alive. Somehow it climbed up in that little spot and was shielded from the heat and the gasoline fumes."
The kitten was taken to Lollypop Farm, a shelter that takes in foster kittens, until she puts on enough weight to be spayed and adopted. Evert's wife is a volunteer for the shelter.
Shelter workers believe the hitching kitten was feral. It was infested with fleas and had conjunctivitis in one eye.
She has been somewhat shy, though she does let visitors hold her and pet her.