I have expected my cats to live to a goodly age (around 19 years, in my mind), but Howling Mad takes the cake. He has been so active and vocal (yes, he really does howl all day!) that I forget how old he is. Last night I saw him drooling. This upset me. I know he’s old, in my head, but seeing such a visible sign made me sad. Honestly, I can’t believe he’s twenty-one. We (dear husband and I) often joke that he is alive only to make the dog miserable. I keep thinking he’s going to live another couple of years, but then I see him lay down gingerly (a touch of arthritis), or drool, and I wonder.