When I was a young kid, maybe around 5, we adopted a 4 year old collie from a local family. They couldn't properly care for him anymore and we took him in. I still remember how he tried to run back home when we first got him. Very quickly, he became a part of the family. When I was 14, we had to put him down. I cried my eyes out.
When I was 13, we adopted a 1 year old cocker spaniel. It was a single guy, who just didn't have enough time for the dog. So we took her in. Same thing happened, she became a part of the family rather quickly. The collie did get jealous of the attention she got, but they never fought or anything like that. When I was 24 and we had to put her down, I cried my eyes out.
But back to my current situation, I currently have 2 different wardrobes. 1 where I'll let the cats near me and 1 where I don't let them near me. I get changed in my closet, then run out of the house as fast as I can, to not get any dander on me. She is very highly allergic.
To defend her, she did not ask me to get rid of them. This is 100% my decision. I don't want to lock them in a bedroom 24/7. I swear, my cats are part dog...they follow me everywhere. When I leave in the morning, they are in the window watching me. When I come home, they watch me in the window, then run to the door. When I get ready in the morning, they sit outside the bathroom door waiting for me. When I play pinball, they wait outside the pinball room for me to get done. They follow me from room to room. I also think it's unfair that I'm never around. My everyday routine is leave for work at 7am, get home 9pm, eat dinner and head to bed. They deserve much more human contact. When I'm trying to sleep, they just want to play.