Jeez, if you think pet restrictions in apartments are bad, then listen to this! When my parents were looking for apartments in St. Louis County in 1987 it was still legal for landlords to put limits on the number of CHILDREN their tenants had! My parents were turned down many times just because they had TWO! Disgusting.
Anyway, I picked this apartment complex I'm living in now because now only did they allow cats at all, they allowed 2. I only had one at the time, but I was planning to get another one. Now they allow small dogs (yay!), too, but still limit it to 2. There is a pet fee, but my apartment complex "swept it under the rug" since I'm a poor grad student. They've been in several times for maintenance reasons already (I moved in in January!), and they all love Loki. Possum hides, so they've never seen him, though they know about him.
I can understand a non-refundable deposit (my dog, Lady cleared that one up for me), but I just don't get the additional charge tacked onto the rent every month! It's not like they're doing anything for the animals! And I find the ones that require declawing reprehensible. Damages should be covered by the initial deposit, or even the extra rent fee.
Also, good luck to everyone finding a good, cat-friendly apartment! I'm sure you'll all find one!