Vicki -- Yes, Daniel was the model for Hugo in "Scat", but I exaggerated some. Daniel never did trust people; I was the only one he'd let touch him (once he found out how good petting feels). The vet used to groan when I'd bring him in. I really do miss that ornery cat.
Rita -- Yes, he did have a long life...21 or 22 years. He was five when he moved in with me (vet's guess), and that was a good 16 or 17 years ago. Daniel weighed three pounds when he died.