donmurray, i also like my species - don't get me wrong. however, my cat has been with me for 16 years.
i got her when i was only 12 years old. she has been with me through gradeschool, jr high, and high school. through puberty and teenage years (rebellion and bad choices). through my parents' divorce, and mom's remarriage- and divorce- and remarriage. through my indecisiveness about school,and many different jobs until - i decided on nursing school. through too many apartments to count and really crummy boyfriends.
16 years - and she's still going strong. it's very easy to become so attached to an animal, especially if they have been a constant source of unconditional love for so many years.
when i met my fiance last year, she had a very difficult time accepting him. she has changed her mind about him--- he now loves her just as much as i do.
what can i say??? she has me wrapped around her little paws.
p.s. this isn't a picture of her, but she looks just like this kitty. named her when i was in 6th grade - princess.