Cats, by contrast, naturally can take or leave humans. They get some material benefit (ready access to warm dry shelter and effectively endless food) from living with humans, but can fend for themselves pretty well on their own without ever interacting with a human. So when a cat loves you, it means something. It means you've really put work into that relationship and seen it through to the end, and the cat has come to value you as more than a food and shelter provider but a source of emotional stability and comfort. One sign this has happened is when you find yourself unable to walk without nearly tripping over your feline pal, who inserts themself into your path lest you pass without petting or cuddling them.
I've noticed other cat people have similar views.
Note: if you don't do this for your dog, you will have a terrible dog.
*I was 100% a cat person until I got dogs. Now the relationship I have with my dogs is 5x the relationship I've ever had with one of my cats. They require so much more trust, and return it in turn.
This really touched my heart. Disclaimer: dog owner.