Many years ago, I ran a small dog walking business.
Caring for other people's dogs and cats impressed upon me the high stakes of pet ownership. It has taken all of five years for me and my partner to take the plunge and adopt a cat. "We can do this!" we thought. "People do it every day!"
Mufasa's online profile sounded like just what we wanted: a twelve-pound, six-year-old male Maine Coon mix with a baritone meow, who uses the litter box faithfully.
Tom Jones is a baritone. What could be better?
Once Mufasa came home with us, we also learned that he loves sleeping on magazines and drinking from the faucet. When he's very content, he snacks on his right foot pad like it's a deep-fried fish. And when you pick him up he puts his paw firmly over your mouth, evoking Diane Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway. "Don't speak!" I imagine him saying in a dramatic whisper.