On investigation it was found that Shaun had made friends with a stray, pregnant cat who was coming inside the home to eat the food that Shaun had left. Subsequently the cat came into the home again and gave birth to her kittens, at which point Shaun took on the role of father to the kittens and they were a family.
There’s one little defect in the story: a cat should not eat dog food but I’m sure she has been fed the best possible food since she came into the home and gave birth to her kittens!
I received the story via email from a friend of a friend. It is another nice example of interspecies friendships. It shows us the emotional intelligence of mammals. We should treat all mammals as equals because they are fundamentally similar to us.