I had a cat for 11 yrs. I had to let him go Christmas Eve this yr. My heart is torn! He listened to me and put his arms around my neck when I was sad. He sat next to me at the computer with his head on my lap for hours as I would tell him what my emails said. I am grieving him more than any human I have lost and I am not ashamed to say that. I have 2 other cats and 2 dogs and none of them have the personality my boy had.