Once the kittens came, the yearling cats were less interested in eating in the shed; some, such as Parker, refused.
On April 7, Mama kitty had her kittens in the same hidden location where all the other kittens were.
On the 16th, Smudge had kittens under some stuff so we could not see how many, but I saw a tuxedo and a black kitten. It turned out there were three tuxedo kittens (two with pink noses) and two black kittens. About that same day, Blackie had three black kittens and one grey, and carried them into a box in the corner of the shed. Eventually, Rico and Blackie moved theirs to where Smudge had hers.
On March 8, I got up earlier than usual to feed the cats their breakfast.
This afternoon, we moved some hay bales to just outside the cat shed. The cats were playing on them tonight.
About a week or so ago, I took a paper grocery bag to the shed for the cats to play in. It seemed that they had been ignoring it.
Below the fold I have pictures of most of the kittens from the shed. If you are in south / central Missouri and are willing and able to provide homes for them, they were available for adoption.
Two interesting events involving our house cat Midge and doors happened this past week.
Midge, our undersized 2-year-old cat, does not like thunderstorms and she does not like company. This past Saturday we had both, and after breakfast, it was a long time before we saw her again.
This morning, Mama cat, the long-haired black cat and one of the two matriarchs of the shed cats, caught a mole (or maybe a vole). She decided to share. Her son Truffles was the first to take it. He took it and played with it, but it was Smudge who started eating it. Smudge is one of the other mother cats. Surprisingly, Smudge growled at the cats who wanted to share. Finally, Smudge let her daughter Parker finish it. When I went out in the evening to bring them their dinner, Parker was not as interested as the rest.