I've been a cat owner before too. I loved my cats, but when I got divorced I needed to rehome them eventually. The allergies were too much for me and I couldn't give them the love I felt they needed.
I actually find cats to be much smellier than dogs, but then the breed I like best tend to keep themselves clean (I guess that's it?) and I have him groomed regularly. I often find him behaving in ways I consider "cat-like". Lol. I never could get completely used to the cat box, even though I kept it clean, I could always smell it. On the other hand, I don't need to follow my dog around with a scooper at all. He goes in the backyard, and a few minutes with a shovel now and then takes care of the problem. He's small, and so his poo isn't a huge problem, lol.
Although I do agree some people are indeed either dog or cat favoring, some of us like both but maybe one slightly more. I think it happens when we find a breed we particularly relate to, if that makes sense.
I disagree that this show is for cat lovers only. I really enjoy the show, I try not to miss it! Jackson is indeed a big teddy bear who loves kitties, and I find him adorable.
My teenage daughter is going through a cat-loving phase right now (she recently lost her dog who she's had since the age of 4) and I would in some ways love to add a cat to my home, but it just won't work. Being a teenager, she's just not going to be as responsible as she claims she would be, and I really can't afford any animal buddies at all for my little guy right now; I can barely afford what he needs. I'm also a bit afraid he would look at the cat as being prey, because he seems to react to small animals and kids with a desire to chase and catch. He doesn't know he's small, and he can be somewhat aggressive. He scared the hell out of me last week trying to go after a german shepherd while we were out walking. He had no idea he would have become an hors d'ouvre for that dog. I had to pick him up to keep him from the other dog, then it was circling us and sniffing too closely at us for my comfort. He's a funny little dog, and he makes me laugh, but he can be a handful.
I probably do relate a bit more to dogs than cats. That happened over a period of years where I had dogs and no cats. I was very much alone except for my dogs for a number of years, and had suffered some pretty devastating losses. So we were very bonded, as I am now with my new one. But no matter the species, any animal I welcome into my home is family.