Five Things I’ve Learned From Quarantining with a New Kitten

World, meet Chaplin. Photo by the author

Our 13-year-old cat, Houdini, had been with me since he was 8 weeks old — a feral cat, born in the wild, who’d been lucky enough to be dropped off at my coworker’s door by its mother, he’d grown from a tiny kitten into a beautiful and much-loved grey tabby. He’d seen me through a family member’s serious illness, and moved with me into my husband’s home, surviving a full three years…