Growing up, I was definitely NOT a cat person. I thought dogs were much better suited for playing and cuddling; cats seemed more aloof and, well, boring.
I also thought I was allergic to cats, especially considering I'm allergic to all types of things (and cats are one of the most common triggers for people with allergies).
Then about six years ago I met my husband's parents' cat, Kitty Kitty. He (yes, he) had some tendencies that were dog-like. He even played fetch. I started to like him so much that I thought perhaps cats weren't that bad, after all.
Around that time I discovered that (according to the extensive allergy testing I had) I'm not allergic to cats (though, of course, that's not to say I won't develop an allergy in the future).
A couple of years ago my husband and I decided we would get a cat. We went to look at rescued cats and picked out the cutest little kitten with the biggest personality. We named her Callie because she is part calico (she's got a few calico markings on her back, head and tail; her belly is completely white).
The photo above is my favorite photo of Callie from when she was still a kitten. She's a bit bigger now but just as cute.
Callie loves to cuddle when it's cold or when she's sleepy. Sometimes she'll sleep with me at night. She even has a few dog-like tendencies. She greets us at the door when we come home, and she plays fetch with her little mouse toys on occasion.
I never imagined what a huge impact Callie would have on our lives -- on my life.
Having CFIDS, I end up having to stay at home a lot. When my husband is home, too, being at home is really not a big deal. Staying home alone, however, can lead to boredom or loneliness. It's the loneliness that was especially unpleasant. Since getting Callie, she makes it impossible to be bored or lonely. I'm happier and more relaxed than before we got Callie.
There is actually some research about the phenomenon I've experienced:
Today's Activities: work. Today's Symptoms: exhaustion, mild nausea, mild headache; active eczema on left underarm and right ankle; rash on back and abdomen healing.
Mood (10 is best): 6
Energy (10 is best): 3
Physical Discomfort (10 is worst): 4