I like my dogs... big dogs.
We have a cat we got (I even picked him out) when we first were married, he was a baby. I took care of him.
I haven't pet him in over 4 months, and then it was because Trav caught him to take him to the vet. He's seriously psycho. Feral even. But we've had him since he was about 4 weeks old... it's weird.
Literally, we pay for his vet bills, buy him good food, and all we get from him is poop in the litter box.
Seriously- I got depressed when I found out it's likely he'll live for another 8-10 years... dang.
He's a scaredy cat, but loves the dogs. He just exists in our home. Sometimes we don't see him for days...
So-that's our experience with cats- so far. Until about 3 months ago. There was a cat that was outside, living in the storm drain right in front of our house. She would come out, and we bought cheep food to feed her out on the curb. She would come out when we were working in the yard, and we would sit an play with her. She'd climb into our laps, and purr.
I fell in 'like'. I knew it was a slim chance of us bringing a cat home... but Trav mentioned that maybe if she was declawed (since we just got new furniture) maybe. And she had to be litter box trained. We had a friend that is a total animal lover, and said if we would take her in off the streets- she would pay to get her declawed. So we kept her in our garage, to keep her safe (the next door kids harassed her), and warm, and fed. We found a good (and cheep) vet, but she had a 3 week wait. So for three weeks, every time we left or came home, one of us would hold her, the other would back the car out and then closed the garage and go out the front door... it was a pain.
Tuesday, we took her in to get the 'overhaul'. Declawed, spayed (but she ended up already being spayed), dewormed, vaccinated, and antibiotics for a uti.
Do you know how hard it is to get a pain pill down a cats throat? Damn near impossible. And she SO does not love that coller (she chewed the glue off her paws twice while at the vet before we picked her up, once more she would have gotten stitches, so we keep it on all the time) She's happy when she's up on the bed with us, in our laps, or close to our bodies. Or she hides in the closet under our clothes.
Right now, my lap top is being balanced on the bottom part of my thigh, and shes between my legs, with her head up between my hands. She's purring. I'm in love. Maybe just because she likes me too (unlike the other psycho cat).