When my dad died and my mother cannot come home due to work overseas when I was 12, having a cat literally saved my sanity. Imagine living by your own in a city with two little sisters. I had to go to school, look after my family, look after the house, keep up my grades as an honor student, and balance my social life. Three minor girls with strong personalities on their own in a house is bound to get explosive and having cats (we have four at the moment) takes the stress of life away and fills the holes in our hearts. If I didn't have a cat back then, I would've been a crazy lady now.