For the first time in 20 years, we are catless. All the doors can be left open, because there are no cats trying to sneak into forbidden areas. Cardboard can be left out with no fear that it will be scratched to shreds. Piles of clothing can be left out with no fear that they’ll get covered with fur. The leather couch doesn’t need protection. I don’t have to refill the water bowl or wash the cats’ food dishes or scoop the litter box.
Life is easier now, and sadder.