The weather for the next few days is supposed to be unusually cold for Arkansas, in the single digits for lows with wind chills below zero. Last night, my son said one of his teachers said that's the kind of weather that can kill animals that have to stay outside, like cats and dogs. So we made the decision to bring the kittens in from the big shed and let them stay inside until the coldest weather has passed. (Poor dogs! They get the garage.)
I bought some kitty litter today and brought the cats in when I was making the rounds of feeding everyone and breaking the ice on the water troughs. So far, the guests have been pretty shy. The female kitten, Nacho, hides any time I enter the room, but the male one, Midnight, while he's not exactly friendly, seems a little more at home. At one point, he was sitting on the footstool in the living room, waiting in ambush for his mother to walk by. He's really cute. I don't care for cats, but he could change my mind!
There are two things I hope: that they understand about the litter box, and that no one gets lost in the middle of the night and starts yowling (which they have been doing whenever they can't find each other).