Before leaving town, I couldn’t find any friends or family able to take care of Saffron, my cat, for nine months. And cat care services were prohibitive at hundreds of dollars per month. Enter craigslist.com. Amazingly, there were many great people (and a few crazies) enthusiastic about taking in a cat for most of a year. Now, Eva, a recently retired NYPD police detective is spoiling Saffron with daily half-hour massages, his own plush chair, and pork scraps to peruse. Weekly photo updates show me the lifestyle to which he’s become accustomed. I will have a lot to live up to upon return.

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