We put them in a fluffy towel, in a box, in our bathroom and the mother spent about 24-hours hiding under our toilet. About midday, after the hurricane had passed, she finally got comfortable enough to crawl into the box with her babies. And, by then she didn't want to leave.I think she would have happily become an indoor cat. But, we didn't need 6 more cats. And, we would have had to keep her isolated for several weeks from our cats. And, we needed to use that shower. So we put them back outside after the skies cleared.
Possum wasn't a particularly good mother. She seemed to have about a two week threshold for how long she put up with this motherhood gig. She abandoned her kittens when they were about 2 1/2 weeks old.
Today, we buried 4 of them. We don't know what happened to the 5th one. When Phenom called me today, to let me know I was going to have to dig another hole in our yard, he was really upset. He kept saying "animals are suppose to have an instinct for caring for their young." Sadly, I don't think that's always true for humans, and I don't think it's always true for animals. We would like to think it is. And that there are always happy endings. But, I'm learning that the world is a cold place, for animals and humans alike.