I've never had a pet, unless you count goldfish (and I don't). When I was a child, I really wanted a cat, but my father doesn't like animals and would never allow our family to adopt one. As I grew up, I lost that sense of wonder that kids have when they look at animals.
For a long time, I couldn't understand why a person would spend good time and money on caring for an animal. In the past few months, though, I've changed my mind. I've been spending a lot of time hanging around the About.com Cats site and talking to Franny Syufy, the About.com Cats Guide.
I have come to the conclusion that adopting a pet would help me grow as a person and might even prepare me for being a parent someday. My fiancee and I have chosen to adopt cats because we live in a small apartment and cats are better apartment animals. Besides, I've always admired the way that cats hold themselves. While dogs drool and pant, cats have a unique sense of cool. It seems like most Americans agree with me too. More people own cats than dogs.