We are currently sharing our home with no less than 7 cats. 4 of these felines are kittens just 5 weeks old. We did the unspeakable and did not get Lu Lu "fixed". She went into heat, got knocked up by some Tom in the neighborhood and had a litter in a laundry basket on Dove's bed one evening. When these wee little blind ones came into the world there was still two feet of snow and ice on the ground outside.
Princess and Fluffy are two older lady cats that have been with us for now about 6 years. They seem to spend the lioness share of their time sleeping in their respective favorite chair or sofa. I read somewhere that it actually lowers your blood pressure to pet a cat. I believe it may even lower your blood pressure to observe a cat sleeping wrapped up like a ball of fur in the cushions of a worn out couch (at least my blood reacts that way).
Our laying hens are not pets in that, yes they are beautiful and at times heart warming, they have a job to do - they earn their feed. The cats with the exception of the occasional tortured house mouse, the are pets with out a job. But a wait a minute, maybe lowering blood pressure is a job.... What does living with animals do for you I wonder?