At the time of her death my Mama had 3 dogs and 5 cats. Her simple statement: "Humans can get over themselves, my pets can't help themselves when it comes to showing me emotion. Animal hair is an accessory I wear with Pride as it is the sign of someone well loved by their pets and that takes more work than having a happy marriage." I always loved her -isms, her sense of humor always showed through.
For what it's worth, Saracidal, my hubby has about the same kind of luck with animals that you do. For 3 years his first wife's cats were convinced his feet were the litter box at 2am.