My new kitten went nameless for over a week because I just couldn't settle on one. However, I am now proud to introduce:
He's just about 11 weeks old, and he is perfect! I suspect now that he is not the black cat I thought he was: I think he might be a black smoke. His tabby markings are more clear than any I've seen on a black cat before, and under his chin, groin, etc is a pale creamy grey. If you part his fur, his undercoat is very pale as well, though darker where the tabby stripes are. In over a decade at working at vet clinics, though, I've only seen two confirmed black smokes so I could definitely be wrong! It's not like I have a lot of experience identifying them
We'll have to see when his adult fur comes in, I suppose.
Showing off his fluffy grey pits:
For some reason these photos make his pale stripes look a lot darker than they actually are. In real life the contrast between his grey stripes and his black stripes is very clear, regardless of the lighting It's definitely not your typical black cat stripes, which you generally only see in bright light.
He is a wonderful kitten. He purrs every time he even looks at a human, and is rather desperate to be friends with my roommate's cat. However he is still in quarantine as he is from a shelter and was sneezing a bit over the last few days. He is now harness trained- only took three days- and will put on his own harness as much as he can (we still have to do up the buckles, though). Neville is an adventurous, sweet guy and I'm so happy he joined my life!