It is just my (bad) luck. We were doing yard work this weekend and I heard this squeaking/crying coming from the bushes and I just had to look. Another stray had five kittens in the bushes next to our woods. This stray is very friendly and I haven't seen her around before. She came right up to us, rubbed around our legs and purred and tried to crawl into my lap when I sat down. I couldn't leave the kittens in the weeds (there are too many stray dogs around) so I took them (mama followed) and put them in the little box we used for the last stray cat with two kittens (which are now in my basement!) It is just a storage container that you can buy at Wal-Mart turned upside down with a little "door" cut out of the front of it for them to go in and out. I put a carpeted welcome mat type thing underneath and cover it with hay. Mama cat seems happy with this arrangement. She was very thin so I am feeding her canned food and dry kitten chow. This set up is on our back deck so they are up off the ground. The kittens are probably between 2 and 3 weeks old (they sleep alot but are active at times and their eyes are open and still blue.)
My concern is that on days like today when it is hot outside the kittens are panting in the box and seem uncomfortable. I'm not sure what kind of set-up I can rig up so that they are comfortable during the hot days and also at night (when it is much cooler) and during rain storms.
Bringing them into the house (or basement) is not an option because I have four inside cats in the house and the two kittens (one I'm fostering for the rescue and the other I might keep) in the basement.
any ideas of what type of shelter I could create for them?