It seems to take life-threatening weather to keep the cats inside. After all, there is Important Cat Business that Needs to be Attended to. Therefore, they must go out, barefoot or barepawed, sidle along the house, leap between dry spots, and–if pressed–wade through snow belly deep. And just when I’m getting impressed by how little the cold bothers them (hey, fur works!), suddenly, it’s Incredibly Urgent for cats to come in and knead wet paws deep into my lap.