I have always been a bird-lover first and foremost.
We had been having huge problems with mice in our flat, and I mean like a huge infestation, Nate woke up one night and saw a whole fleet of mice wandering across the bedroom floor as if they owned the place. The crunch came when I found my budgie severely injured, probably due to mice (budgies are terrified of rodents and we think he panicked and fell when a mouse got in his cage). Unfortunately the budgie didn't make it, he had a broken thigh and breastbone, and died in immense pain as I was phoning the vet for an emergency appointment - but I know he wouldn't have been able to be saved due to the severity of his injuries.
We were devastated. It was the final straw, and Nate said to me that we were getting a cat whether I wanted one or not! I'd never had a cat before, but he'd had one when he was younger. I didn't know whether I really wanted a cat as a pet, but I do love all animals so I knew that I could give it love and a good home, so it wasn't a problem.
So after a quick scouring of classified 'kittens for sale' ads on the internet, we came home with Radar. He has turned me well and truly into a cat person, we both adore him. He is also mouse-hunter of the year and our flat is now rodent-free, so it's worked out perfectly.
I wouldn't want a dog, they require a lot more one-to-one attention, training, and exersize than a cat, and a dog would not be a suitable pet for our lifestyle or accommodation. Sorry to dog-lovers here, but I also have a really oversensitive sense of smell, and I don't like the smell of even a nice clean dog
I like them well enough when I can play with them and pet them and then hand them back to their owner
but wouldn't want one as a pet.