New house, new cat. Tommy is a five-year-old rescue, a ‘flame-point siamese’ with significant vertical leaping ability. He’s a barn cat, in this context meaning he’s indoor/outdoors and eats what he kills. Our new house is fenced and the cat has plenty of experience surviving in the desert outdoors in his former life up in Landers, so we think he has a good shot at being safe and happy here for a long time. We’re counting on him to keep the smaller desert animals out of our new garden — and, perhaps, to train some kittens.