Not to preach to the converted but I was ignorant and had to learn cats. They are thought to be cold by some who don't know them, those strange, beautiful eyes, but they are warm. Even passionate by temperament. The big cats too, disposed to affection and even passion. It's just that they will eat you if they need to, and a pat from that paw, you won't get up again, but it's not personal. They didn't ask to be made obligate carnivores.
One day, a hamster had died, I wept, cleaning out her abode. Will Bills just sat nearby, quietly watching, just being there, and it's not anthropomorphizing to say they understand; now confirmed by neuro-science studies and we didn't need those to tell us, if we only observe. Chris Packham, scientific evidence re cats? Pfff. Good chap but all he showed was that he doesn't know the basics of cat behaviour and etiquette. The blink and the yawn as social code for 'relax, friend not foe.'
There he was at the zoo, the lioness doing the greeting slow-blink away at him as hard as she could, and he didn't once notice and return the blink. It's not that dogs love us more, though they might, just that dogs operate in terms of pack psychology.
One day I saw a so-called cat 'parliament', a rare and extraordinary sight, as I was reversing my car into the front drive. I counted 9 cats, all gathered, together yet apart, dotted about in the shrubbery like so many sphinxes, stationed with one another quietly in their sights, Will Bills staring out, not venturing out there, though she'd have chased away a single intruder, utterly outfaced at this mass invasion of her territory.
More plundering of Goodreads quotes:
“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
― Jean Cocteau
“The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing.”
― William S. Burroughs
, The Cat Inside