The people in the bottom level flat in our block have recently welcomed a new family member – a labradoodle. It may not be a coincidence that their cat, Benson, has become a bit more friendly to other people. He used to be a top-rate ignorer. I could stand right near him, calling his name, and he just didn’t notice me. Now, he rolls over for some attention. Still looks the other way, though, just so I don’t start thinking he’s being friendly or anything.