Our most intimate involvement with animals is having a pet. We welcome these little creatures (or large, in the case of horses and my friends’ Great Dane) into our families. We take care of them when they are ill and they, in their way, take care of us.
We do not relate to them generically, as if all cats were alike. Each is a distinct individual, with a personality all its own. Some are smart, some less so, some so clever you can barely believe it.