I used to hate cats, but I bonded an old girlfriend's orange tabby and have been a cat person ever since then. I can relate to cats, actually. They're clean and independent. They always seem to know their place in the world and approach their relationships honestly and without shame or apology. They are quiet, thoughtful, and cagey, but quick to action when action is necessary. I admire all of those traits, both in people and animals. The blind obedience and constant emotional and physical neediness of dogs kind of turns me off.