In my life and, indeed, my research, I am accompanied by my two cats. I was born into a family which had 6 cats and grew up an only child so you could say I was raised by cats.
Fiona is my black, elder cat, adopted from a shelter in Bellingham, Washington in 2006. She is named after the main female character in Shrek 2, one of my favorite feel-good movies. She is fond of quiet, warm spots, sitting on black furniture, and sunning herself in the light of every lamp she can find. In spite of cat stereotypes, she always notices when I’m having a bad research day and comes to snuggle.
Tiberius is the orange cat, fool of the family, skilled in catching toy mice, pestering his sister, and snuggling with anyone who doesn’t want it. He is endlessly amusing. I see no evidence that he knows what self-preservation is.