I hope this is in the right place. If not, feel free to move it - that shouldn't break my 'watch this topic for replies', right?
On my way to work this morning, I was checking under the bushes in front of the appartments trying to spot the stray that I'm getting ready to adopt. I didn't see him, but I did spot a pair of kittens under one of the bushes. "Odd," I thought "but the mother will be back for them, I'm sure, and if I go home for a towel to take them to work in I will miss my bus, plus there's no guarantee that I'd find someone to drive me to the shelter on my break." So I kept walking.
On the way home, I was looking under the bushes again when I noticed a group of the neighborhood kids trying to climb under one of them and heard some very loud kitten cries. Fortunately, we have some very good youngsters here, and they were trying to get the kittens out to bring them to an adult. They know I'm an animal person, so when they saw me they turned them over. They'd found another one. All three are cute brown-and-black tabbies with white on them; I suspect that 'my' stray is the father since they look a lot like him.
The kittens appear to be a few days old, though the closest babies I have ever handled were rabbit kits, so I could be wrong. They are about 6" long, nicely furry, loud, and their ears are working normally but their eyes are shut. I have them in a box with a towel over a ziploc bag full of hot water now, and they are whining occasionally but mostly asleep.
Because of the poor animal shelter situation here (we have two, but only one takes in strays, and at the one that does, these guys would be just about guaranteed to be pts without a mother with them), I intend to try leaving them out on the porch tonight to see if the mother comes for them. If they're still in the box in the morning, I'll see if I can talk the good shelter into taking them, and if that's not possible I'll take them to the bad one. (Better a quick euthanization than starving to death, and there is no way I can keep these guys even for a couple months.)
Am I forgetting anything? Will it harm them to go overnight without being fed, if the mother doesn't come?