- Cats are Low-Maintenance -- It's true you don't have to walk a cat and I've known people who got away with leaving their cats alone for a weekend (not a good thing to do, IMHO), but if you really care about your cats or even if you don't, you'll find yourself putting a ton of time into them. If nothing else, you'll find yourself cat-proofing your house and doing what you can to keep your cats from getting into things. I can't even count the number of hours I've spent trying to find the perfect cat food, litter, and toys.
- Cats are Unaffectionate -- Cats, like people, have different personalities. So it's fair to say that some cats just aren't that friendly, but their "owners" might be to blame. If you put the time in, chances are you will be rewarded by a cat that wants to rub up against you, sit next to you, or use your hand as a pillow. Cats express affection differently than dogs or humans, but you I can tell that my boys love me when:
- They come and lay down next to me while I sit on the couch
- They stand outside the bedroom or bathroom door and meow for me to come out
- Arthur rubs the top of his head against the top of my foot, then flips onto his back for a belly rub.
- Beowulf comes and lays down right near my computer mouse while I'm typing.
- They come running to greet me when I come home from work.
In "Meet the Parents," Robert De Niro's character says: "Dogs are emotionally shallow animals. Cats make you earn their love." If you have cats, you know when they're being affectionate with you and you value it all the more because you've earned it.