House-sharing gets harder as you get older. The pool of people you can stand to live with shrinks as your friends start to couple up and move in together. You have a better idea of how you want to live, but you also realize that not everyone can give that to you, and you have far less energy for when disputes inevitably occur. There are however some things you can try in order to achieve domestic peace. The first is to get a cat. A pet gives even the most fractious housemates something to agree on: Your pet is the most beautiful and perfect creature on earth. It may be hard to believe now, but you will naturally come to feel this way about your own future feline. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 39 Shelf Life The rise and rise of design objects. Arts & Culture Issue 21 Hikari Yokoyama With her impeccable eye and sense of entrepreneurialism, Hikari Yokoyama is charting her own course through the contemporary art world. Arts & Culture Issue 21 Amy Sall Amy Sall reflects on her Senegalese heritage and how its physical reminders shepherd her sense of home—wherever she may be. Arts & Culture Issue 21 Remembered Light Sally Mann writes intimately of her relationship with Cy Twombly and the photographs she made of his studio before Twombly's death in 2011. Arts & Culture Music Issue 21 Variations on Solitude: Glenn Gould Three decades since his death, Canadian pianist Glenn Gould’s inner life endures with as much legend as his recordings. Arts & Culture Issue 20 The Naturalist: Anita Calero After four decades of pushing the boundaries of her creativity in New York, Anita Calero is following the call back home to her native Colombia.