When Alex bought an electric cat-basket for Shadow how we laughed! Well, we're not laughing now.
Shadow has turned into a hibernating creature, curled up in his basket day and night, basking in the electric heat from its base. Occasionally he'll pop out for a snack or to have his ears rubbed or back scratched.
Back in the Egyptian neolithic, 12,000 years ago, the cats had a discussion with their cat-deity: "Shall we stay wild or shall we pretend to give up our independence and throw in our lot with the humans?" they asked. As Shadow peers through the double-glazing at the birds, shivering on their frozen branches, he silently concurs with the way that turned out.