Starting to explore and climb. We've found them upstairs and on top of things that they should not be able to reach yet. Someone's helping.
Actually, it is past time since we have 10+ to adopt. We have not been too successful with that over the years, which has added to our growing population but my wife has put her foot down, FIND THEM SOME NEW HOMES! She would adopt them in a minute, but I am a little more selective with whom we re-home them.
To avoid taking the chance of adopting to someone who really will not be careful and loving, I have often requested they make a donation to a local rescue or spay/neuter clinic and I think when they do that, they find a forever pet and don't come to get ours.
Then I tend to get attached to them and my heart won't let them go. (Actually the biggest problem) We have one young girl (about a year old) who is stone deaf but such a lover. I fret each time she goes out because without hearing, she could get caught by a coyote quickly. She also seems to be the "mothering" type and quickly calms the newest kittens with her loving licks.
Then there is the individual personalities that result in me keeping them too long and they are no longer easily adopted because they are no longer kittens. Well... we have four red/orange kittens just starting to get the run of the house, WHO NEED A HOME. Know anyone? There are two long-hairs and two short-hairs with male and female in each type. We also have a real cutie (medium hair calico) who will be ready in a few weeks.
She came in because she was sick with upper respiratory infection. I was afraid our normal amoxicillin was not enough and that she was dehydrated, so we took a $75 trip to the vet. Sure 'nuf, he showed me how to confirm she was dehydrated so besides an extra shot of a different antibiotic, she got hydrated. For the first few days, I was feeding water and formula to her by syringe and she was not happy. Her throat was either sore or swollen (or both) and swallowing was not her favorite thing.
It has been a few days but she is starting to fight for her food and just as important, she is drinking on her own. While she offered herself up to me before the vet trip, she is now avoiding me much more diligently. :-)