After 100 days with what has been my first cat-ownership experience, I've given some thought to the whole process, and the balance is not a negative one, though not as possitive as I expected. Just FYI, Vequi is now eight months old.
1. At the debate of who's friendlier - male or female, after owning a female cat I can comfidently say: males are friendlier. It seems like Vequi loves me: she follows me throughout the house, rubs against my legs, plays and sleeps with me. The problem is that she loves, but doesn't want to be loved back! She runs away when I kiss her or blink my eyes at her; she has little tolerance to petting, she only rubs and purrs when she wants food; and no sitting on my lap - one of my greater expectations when I decided to get a cat.
2. I've failed in getting Vequi to eat wet food with acceptable habits. I'm tired of wasting money by serving her a third of a can at once, and still having to throw away most of it after more than 30 minutes without she eating it.
3. I haven't had to deal with severe behavioral problems, like urination outside litterbox, aggression or house breakage. Also, she has been quite flexible with change. But I have not succeeded on getting her to restrain from playful biting. My biggest success (and I can't count on it being permanent) is that I've managed to stop her from waking me up before 7:00 AM.
4. She has become more open to other people when they come to visit, or at least she doesn't run and hide anymore, but that doesn't mean she's actually social.
That's about it for my first 100 days of cat ownership. I've thought about the possibility of getting a second cat, one that can love me and let me love him the way Vequi doesn't, but I don't see that happening. I'm not taking chances regarding whether or not Vequi would accept him, or whether a new cat will be the uber-friendly companion I expected, or if I get disappointed again on that matter. Whatever happens, I still plan to keep Vequi for years to come, hopefully until we get separated by the inevitable.