They show up every morning as I attempt to put on boots or shoes: Tokens of appreciation from one or more of the six feline creatures that allow us to share their home.

This morning, my toes encountered bottle caps and twist ties as I tried to slip on my motorcycle riding boots. Yesterday it was twist ties, a sock and a dead mouse.

Cats have their own way of showing love and such outpourings require careful inspection of footwear on a daily basis.