The missing cat brought up discussions about getting a new cat. We checked out the website of the local animal shelter, and found a few that looked like they would be good for us. Yesterday we went for a visit.
A few of the adult cats were friendly and got along well with the kids. Just as we were about to leave, though, we spotted a dusty grey kitten in one of the cages. We hadn't planned on getting a kitten, but Truffle, as the shelter was calling him, decided that he should come home with us.
We resisted, and left the shelter with a few photos of possible cat additions to the family. When we returned home, the kids, my wife, and in-laws talked things over. The next thing I knew, we were headed back to the shelter to pick up the kitten.
Since his fur color makes him look like he's rolled in a fireplace, we've dubbed him Dusty Cinderfella. Welcome to the family Dusty!