you know, the only reason i clicked on this thread is that quisling is a funny word. but ill say somethin unrelated so i look helpful,
speaking of cat names, navys cat and dog were named hillary and mallory. the real hillary and mallory died trying to be the first people up everest. the animals are rejected from the house by being moved to the yard, the humans are rejected from the mountain by being killed to death. mentionsa are even made in the book about ice crevasses, common on everest, that are cold(like the house), and shift constantly(also like the house.
make no mistake, this is a novel of exploration, not horror. caving is also remarkably prominent.