You generally have to earn the love of your cat, unlike a dog who will follow whomever feeds it. People who dislike cats want immediate unconditional love with no questions. Cats are like humans in that you earn their friendship and trust--once you have done that the rewards can be immense. They're very passionate and can become extremely attached. I have one who I have to give IV fluid do in the scruff of his neck or upper back every day for as long as 15 minutes. He doesn't like it, but I can do this because he loves me and trusts me. Five minutes afterwards he is at my ankles or sitting by my side again. I can bathe and handle all of my cats. They love the entire family and have our routines memorized. If we aren't going in the exact right order for tuck-in times or waking up (especially when the weekend or Summer vacation doesn't suddenly conform to the rest of the week) they are up and guiding us on the usual trail (and confused that we aren't following along). There is nothing like it. They also like to contribute to the household because you feed them. Bringing you toys, if they don't hunt outside for example. I wake up with about 6-8 toys at my feet or on my pillow and have to put on my glasses, turn on the lamp and walk carefully so I won't slip. They get a lot of praise for that. One, we're sure, says Mama in the same tone of voice as our kids do.