Just a quick note about a new friend. I adopted Anouk yesterday from the SPCA. She's considered a 'senior' cat at 9-10 years old (they're not sure), and had her front claws removed by a previous owner. She's a Burmese cross of some sort-- classic Burmese head structure but she's almost solid black and has bright green eyes. She talks to me constantly -- with that raspy Siamese sort of meow -- follows me around and, unlike the other black cat I've lived with, does not ignore my presence. It's going to be quite interesting learning to live with this creature.