Steph, sorry for not answering your question about my cat plans. After studying on the subject and thinking about it more, I decided not to get a cat, because although I'm sure I would enjoy a cat a great deal, I'm sure the negatives would outweigh the positives.
Chris (Plinius) ask me also, and I didn't answer her either because I didn't want to disappoint you guys.
For one thing, I figured it would cost me about $500 a year to properly care for one, and that's a lot of money for me.
Another thing is the guilt factor. I'm sure I would feel guilty if it cried when I left it alone in the house.
I would feel guilty if I had to lock it out of my bedroom to sleep, because I don't sleep well, and I think it would disrupt my sleep even more.
I also think I would sometimes resent needing to take care of the litter box.
I would worry excessively if it looked like it was sick.
There's a few other factors, but suffice it to say, with my personality, I don't think I could handle it, even though I would love a cat for many reasons.