Okay, he’s shown reading Joan Didion as a commemoration. But is that a separate matter from the rest of the drawing and dialogue? Or some reflection of something she wrote?
And on an almost-literal level, what is the cat reporting actually? Do mice get more dangerous as their teeth grow longer, or go soft as they age into long-in-the-tooth status? Is this about a scary encounter, or just old companions sharing whatever passes by in their minds?