Yes and no.
I have (had - one just died) three cats and that is alot of work. I have had them all for a long time (two are 16 - including the one that died and one is going to 14). It seems that is alot harder dealing with them now than before I was DX - plus I have so many other problems. I tend to be less tolerate of when they behave bad because I have so problems to deal with.
My one who is 14 - she is more like my side kick - she will let me cry in her fur. She hangs out will me when I am watching TV or on the computer sometimes and it is just nice that she is there. She is half Siamese so she can be a mouthful (very talky) but I feel like she is my best friend. Even though she can get on my nerves at times.
I don’t know if it is the stress of having so many health problems and other problems but I think at this point in my life - less cats will be better for me. I haven’t the money to take them to the vet. The one who just died had a bunch of problems and I had to make the hard decision of putting her to sleep and I had her almost 16 years. I was hard. My second 16 year old I can tell has some health problems too (I think her kidneys) but there isn’t anything I do about it. I can’t even harldy pay to take myself to the doctor.
Yes, having pets can be wonderful but sometimes with the stress of your own problems it can be hard to deal with the stress of their problems too. Before I had all these problems it didn’t bother me as much.
They are good companions but don’t forget all the expensive, time that goes into it. It is lifetime commitment.
Lotsofshots, you could try fostering a dog for a while and see how it goes. Just contact the local human society - lots of them run out of space and are looking for people to foster the animals.