All cat lovers know what good alarms cats can be. Possum, my all time favorite cat used to jump up on the counter and run the can opener when she thought it was past time for breakfast. The first time she did it I was lying beside Kevin, my first husband, who was still dozing a bit. I woke him and asked who he had let stay the night after he and some of his compadres had finished playing chess and doing whatever else they had done. He looked at me weirdly, said "nobody," and wanted to know why I'd asked. And then the can opener started up again. We did double takes towards the sound and back at each other before getting out of bed and creeping stealthily into the kitchen with wide eyes and hair standing up. There, of course, was our little Possum sitting on the counter and mashing the top of the can opener repeatedly with one little paw. I guess kneading us through the covers hadn't worked for her either. Thank God she'd never met this guy's cat.