Despite numerous online posts and daily searches for lost kitten listings that might match up, there's no sign that anyone is searching for the kitty we captured last week.
I called the vet's office and made an appointment to get our kitten friend combo tested and vaccinated tomorrow so he has a chance at escaping the confines of the laundry room at some point.
Whenever he hears one of us coming down the basement stairs, he meets us at the door. If it turns out he's healthy, it seems unfair to keep him cooped up when he's obviously aware that there are fun activities happening elsewhere in the house without him.
The week of ample food and the leisure to groom himself has transformed him into a handsome, fluffy lad. He's cloud-soft and purrs loudly when petted.
It's hard to tell from the photo, but he's really very small. There's a lot of contrast between his little head and his big paws. I still stand by my estimate of ~6 months, but we'll get the vet's opinion tomorrow.
The dog is obsessed with him and whines on the other side of the door when I'm downstairs. The cat doesn't seem scared and he seems to enjoy batting Dottie's paws under the door. The thought that they might get along is intriguing, but Dottie is awfully rambunctious so they'd need to be closely monitored.
We don't have a comprehensive plan for the kitty right now beyond springing him from the basement and looking for a warmer part of the house where he can go. I gave away the baby gate we used to introduce Izzy to the rest of the pets several years ago, but maybe I can borrow one from someone.
I'm still resisting the idea of keeping him, so we haven't given him a name or even a nickname. As I've said all along, we'll see what happens!