The Big Good News has arrived, and it is actually pretty tiny; I considered not using his name on here since I think my pets' names are what recently made me Google-able by unfriendly eyeballs, but that'd kind of be a case of closing the barn door after the horse is out, so innernet, meet Chigger:
Figure Three: This is what Chigger looks like when he's trying to look fierce and intimidate Poppy (he really, REALLY hates Poppy). The silky fur on his tail floofs out and this photo led Dr. Anonymous to remark that he looks like a tiny lion.
So far the little guy is very snuggly and playful, not the greatest of eaters (I have to soak dry food and mush it up with tuna-water to get him to take any nourishment, but at this point I'm okay with that--he's awfully tiny, much smaller than Skeeter was as a kitten, and maybe his little jaws aren't up for crunching just yet), and a big hit with everyone in the house (except for Clementine, who hates cats), although he rejects the dogs' advances thus far.