Apparently, when his last tooth fell out, it was time to retire. Nin, the latest in a long line of cats at the Mount Washington Observatory, in New Hampshire's White Mountains, retired recently, and came down the mountain to spend her dotage at a ranger's house. There's a story here.
This, and a recent New York Times story on the pervasive, and welcome presence of shop cats, makes me think, "Wouldn't it be cool if there was a cat living in the summit house on Pikes Peak?" Sure, it would have to come down at some points when the summit house is closed, but tourists and locals would both love it. One of the many, many things that could improve the summit experience on Pikes Peak. Unless you hate cats.