Midnight has decided she is "over" this kitten business. They do look about weaning size and they have been eating with her at the bowl and drinking water just fine as well as nursing. But she is ridiculously inattentive over the past week and she is driving me nuts. I had to put them outside because they kept escaping the box I had them in and getting into all sorts of troubles......not to mention pooing everywhere......and mom was filling the litter box at the speed of light. I put them into the outside kennel because the other animals could not get to them and there was shelter........as in Rowdy's old dog house is still there. (plus that is where she had them to begin with) At some point mom moved them to the shed...........this nearly wound up in dehydrated kittens because of course we didn't know they were in there and I noticed the doors open and closed them. Mom was not inside. It was closed up more than 24 hrs........... Mewing alerted me, rather Maggie.....and we found them......under the lawn mower. I moved them back to the kennel and locked the shed up some mom couldn't put them in there again. Today it decided to rain, not just rain but monsoon type rain. I was not home. Not too worried as mom could've easily kept them dry as a bone in the dog house. Did midnight do the obvious?? Oh, well heck no. Maggie needed to potty so I go to take her and Rufus out back.........I'm hearing desperate mewing from several kittens right at the gate to the patio. I haul dogs back inside (not easy, Maggie wants to help the babies).............go back and find 3 very drenched kittens huddling against the gate/fence. I'm guessing they were searching for Momma who seemed to be everywhere after yesterday afternoon EXCEPT with her babies. So I desperately rack my brain for something to put them in that would let me bring them back inside to keep them dry.......boxes are not containing them. I spot my extra dog crates. Bingo! (wish I'd thought of that before) So I line the puppy crate (Rufus will find out at bedtime he just out grew it lol ) with newspaper.......find the right size box and fill it with litter.........dry off 3 cold and very wet kitties......place them inside with a bowl of food. I will bring them water several times a day but afraid to just set it in there because they're going to dump it. The kittens started eating immediately. Guessing it's been a while since mom even bothered to feed them. They're safe on the back porch/family room and can't get into any sort of trouble now. Mom is miffed. She is also drenched.....but also covered in diarrhea (not kitten related) and is NOT coming into my home in that condition. I feed her, she hunts snakes and mice for me. That is as far as our relationship goes. I will NOT bathe a cat. I have no clue what she has eaten that didn't agree with her.........but not my problem. She has gotten more than enough food from me to stay out of people's trash. Maybe a few more down pours and she won't look/smell so bad. I *might* let her in (if she cleans up) to nurse a time or two to help with the weaning but she is not staying inside. I'm also ticked off because I spent much of this week yanking up poison ivy by the roots. I'm not allergic to it, do not react to it, and it's not an issue with me. But still I will come in and wash my hands well when done just in case. Bruce sat on my lap the other night...........head bumped me under the chin 3 times and now I have the most gawd awful itchy rash under my chin and on my neck.......omg No clue wth it is but whatever he had on his fur I'm allergic to. grrrrr I'm debating on whether or not to risk the creams as I've had worse reactions to them in the past than the initial rash. Kittens now have full tummies, are warm and dry, safe, and huddled up together asleep in the dog crate. So...........who wants a kitten?There is a black one and a smoke colored one up for grabs. Darrin claimed the one that is gray tiger stripped on his front half and blackish on the lower half. His name is George. Darrin is currently doing odd jobs to "buy" him from Nana..........then working odd jobs to pay for his supplies as this will be HIS cat, not a family cat. I'd give him to easy child now except they're leaving for Myrtle Beach on tues and I'm caring for her cats while she's gone so that would be silly.