When I was in high school, my little sister and I set our sights on getting a cat. We’d recently moved into a new house, and we decided a pet was needed. Neither of us had any experience with cat ownership, but we figured a cat would be less messy than a dog and our pleading might therefore succeed. Our parents relented and, much to our great delight, we ended up with not one cat, but two: five-month-old litter mates named Star and Comet.
Comet passed away in April 2010 after a short illness. Star died very suddenly in February 2011. They are dearly missed.