Admiral Janeway (formerly my cat) may be headed for the shelter

I never thought it would come to this. It was a promise I made to Admiral Janeway, my cat, that she would always have a home with me.

But a few months ago, she unaccountably started ignoring me.[1] It’s been up and down since,[2] but with her food allergy, my mother has had to take over the project of trying to find a food that 1) she (Admiral Janeway) will eat and not just vomit back up, and 2) doesn’t aggravate her (Admiral Janeway’s) allergies. As for the two cats my mother had adopted, she had to give them away—and she appears to have found a good home for them—because they ferociously aggravated her (my mother’s) allergies.[3]

And so Admiral Janeway has discovered that there is another source of food and shelter besides me. It’s a bad move on her part, because I can no longer rationalize defending her.

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  1. [1]David Benfell, “A bully is getting bullied,” October 26, 2012,
  2. [2]David Benfell, “A saga of cats continues,” October 30, 2012,; David Benfell, “Cat politics,” November 9, 2012,; David Benfell, “The cats for now,” November 25, 2012,; David Benfell, “The ongoing saga of cats,” December 30, 2012,
  3. [3]David Benfell, “Hoping for cleaner air,” January 6, 2013,