It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal...one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly. -- T.S. Eliot
A cat won't curry favor even if it's in their best interests to do so. A cat can't be a hypocrite... -- Stephen King
I've lost several of my fur kids, Bugs, Black Cat and Shadow over the past few years, I've had them for so long, Black Cat was 23 and Shadow 20 when they died, it's really like losing part of your family.
Why cats and not dogs? Well we have had 2 dogs (Ganja and Sarah) but they were blindly, dumbly, obedient (well okay not totally but almost), they were dedicated to us no matter what. And although I'd never EVER consider testing that devotion, I prefer my companionship to have some independence. And now that I commute 3 hours a day (when I commute) I have to have companions that are not only somewhat independent but also do not need to go outside to do their business.
Cats are intelligent, independant, loving, playful companions. They all (okay not Bunny Foo) respond to my moods/health and are there for me when I need a friend. And while there is and always will be the issue of cat hair on everything and litter boxes, that is made up with pats to my face, a purring ball on my lap, someone curling next to me when I sleep (that isn't a male human ... or something close to that).
I don't have cat screensavers, t-shirts, or stickers on my computer. I am by all accounts a crazy cat lady but I think that it's because I'm crazy and a cat lady...
And so we go.