Although I am a dog person, the cats are the same for you. My dogs were my friends, my family, and my equals. They had the responsibility of acceptable behavior, and with that, all the same rights and privileges as you and I.
The quality of a persons life is better in every definable way, especially over the majority of a lifetime.
I got a pair of 3 month old German Short Hair Pointers in 1994. I was 29. They were never apart and lived with me hunting, fishing, camping, etc. and when there wasn’t anything going on they laid in the back yard or lounged on my parents couch.
Bernie lived 12 years and Galileo was just short of 16. I was 45. I had them for nearly 1/3 of my entire life.
I can’t imagine living that part of my life without them.
@lonewolf I have always believed a person could never experience a complete life without the privilege of a pet.