My husband is a cat guy, but I had never had a cat or dog until 2008. I thought everything my mom had drilled into us as kids -- you won't want to scoop a litterbox, they shed, they're expensive, forget it.
And when I started thinking that having a cat is an experience I ought to be open-minded to, my husband said in reference to the amount of work involved, "Having a cat is only one step up from having a houseplant." Well, that was a little stretch too.
Holly and Murphy