I will never again own a cat or a dog. NEVER.
I was actually a huge pet person before I had kids. I loved animals. For pete's sake, I worked at a pet store for 4 years! When we moved to New Jersey, we had 4 cats and 2 dogs. We treated them like our children. But then we actually had children, and suddenly my animals weren't all that important anymore.
Currently, we have 1 dog and 2 cats (the others have died off over the past 7 years). Don't get me wrong, I still love them, but my children are 100 million times more important to me. And the more children we have, the less I seem to even notice the animals. Their care is primparily handled by my husband, which is a good thing, because I am pretty sure I would completely forget to feed them. I never anticipated falling out of love with my animals, but it is definitely our new reality.
My dog is driving me CRAZY. She is 13 years old, and she suddenly started pissing everywhere. EVERYWHERE. We have wall to wall carpeting, so this is extra gross and disgusting. Every time I walk across the house, I step in a puddle of dog piss and my blood boils. I know she is old, and she doesn't mean to do it, but it is still gross!
My cats are also a totally pain in the ass. They puke and puke and puke and puke. Every freaking time I turn around a cat is puking on my damn carpet. When I hear the gagging sound, I run around the house trying to grab the retching cats and toss her outside. I rarely succeed.
So, I spend a lot of time trying to spot clean my nasty ass carpet. It is hard enough to take care of/clean up after my own children. The animals are pushing me over the edge. I will never again willingly bring an animal into my house.