I used to think I was a dog person. You can play with a dog. They fetch and they're stupid and fun. Kinda like me. I used to think I would always get a dog one day because cats are more like footballs than pets.
Then I finally got to a place where I could actually get an animal and did some thinking about what sort of animal I'd get.
A dog needs to be walked, and excercised and taken out to poo. And I need to search for, find and pick up it's poo wherever it does such. Yeah... no dog for me. I'd feel horrible if I got a dog because I know I'm too lazy to do these sorts of things as often as they should be done. So, did I get a cat? No. Cats are too similar to footballs and I don't want to be kicking my pet through the windows of the house all day. Such would be cruel.
Then my wife moved in with her cat. Chloe. Chloe is a siamese-snow-shoe. She's also forever-growth-stumped at "teenager size" for a cat because of whatever-the-hell-happened-to-her before she was picked up by the shelter. She is a scared kitty that runs from new people. But a needy kitty who will always sit on your lap (if she knows and loves you). Sometimes she bites. She has her claws, but never acts up with them in any way anyway.
I found out I'm a cat person. She poops in the same place all the time. All I have to do is dump one pan out every few days. She exercises herself and cleans herself. I get a kitty to pet whenever I'm watching TV. It's like the best world of everything.
Eventually we got Willie, a regular black cat from the shelter. He's not abused-scared of everything. He's pretty crazy and needy too. He also has all his claws, but doesn't do much with them. We keep them trimmed, though. My wife clips them once a week or so. And he poops in the same place the other cat poops... so I still only dump one pan every now and then. He also cleans himself and exercises himself. Now I have two kitty's to pet whenever I'm relaxing.
Cats are not footballs, they're pets.
Dogs are smelly and too much work for my lazy 'ol ass.