Here's an update on our progress with this beautiful family of cats:
We finally got them all inside the apartment this morning and closed the door. The mommy is still a bit uneasy as she keeps sniffing at the door every now and then, but generally they seem to be adjusting fine. The babies seem to like it here and they have warmed up to us quite a bit. The black and white one is a very brave and naughty boy, and the other one is a girl and is still a little shy but she's starting to get some courage to explore and play around freely.
Right now we have them contained in the vicinity of the apartment door, with the guest bathroom and some room to move about. We made a makeshift baby gate with two low cardboard boxes, just so the babies wouldn't run around in the apartment while they're still so small. The mommy can hop over it easily and has done so and explored a bit before hopping back inside. I put a litter box for the mommy in the guest bathroom and got her some of the sand from a construction site across the street, where she used to do her business before. Hopefully she would start using the litter box soon, and after a day or two I will start gradually swapping out the sand with the clean odorless stuff.
I would love to get comments about how well I'm doing so far, and anything I might be doing wrong or that could be done better. I also have a few questions that I would appreciate any help with:
* Do I need to make a separate litter box for the babies? And how do I train them to use it since they've never been to the street before? (I don't even know where they've been doing it so far since I haven't seen any of their droppings when they were outside. The porter may have been cleaning up after them, though, so I'm not really sure.)
* Do I make a separate litter box for each one, or just one for the two of them?
* The boy is starting to eat some of his mother's food. Yesterday and today he just pulled some of the food from her plate and devoured it. Should we start making food for him? And what about his sister? Do we try to feed her or let her come to it herself? Also, what kind of food is best for them? Same stuff the mommy eats or something special? I think they're about 5 weeks old by now.
Finally, I need to take them to the vet on Saturday to get them all checked up and vaccinated, etc... Any tips for doing this without traumatizing the mommy? The kids I guess will be fine, right now they're fascinated by every single thing so I think they might be more excited than scared. I just don't know how I can transport her in the car all the way to the vet with as little trauma as possible. All tips are welcome!
Thanks, and sorry for the long post