But they could never really break up. There was too much love between them, Binks and Bagheera, her guardian angel.
Until that night on February 3, when Patty Ruiz stood wailing outside the blazing family home.
"It went up in a matter of minutes," she recalls.
Binks never emerged from that fire. Her body was found by firefighters in that smoldering husk that was once their home. You can read her obituary here.
"For some reason, I didn't let him out that night," Ruiz says, pointing out that Bagheera liked to sleep in the rocking chair on the porch. "If he wouldn't have been there, I wouldn't have woken up. We would have all died. It was thanks to that crazy cat that we made it out."
Fire investigators say his body wasn't found inside.
Perhaps he fled at last through the open back door?
Since the fire, Ruiz has canvassed the neighborhood relentlessly, even rallying local kids with the promise of a reward if they can find Bagheera.
They set up cat traps with food as bait.
They posted pictures and pleas to social media.