I have a dear friend with a very smart cat, and he knows it is all about him.
Never mind his owner has been ill, even in the hospital. It is all about him and we come, not to see her, but him in his gorgeousness. He is so outrageous, he makes us all laugh. This is good. And as we laugh, we heal a little. She has 16 drugs. She is getting stronger. Chemo and radiation are coming again.
As I watch Baby Cat, and his attempt to manipulate door knobs and unloose cabinets and look for ways to get food that does not involve humans though he is nice to us...
I think we must be very nice to our pets. They may remember.