I have been living with animals for most of my life. I wouldn't feel normal if there weren't animals in my home. Since I was 8 years old I have had at least one animal living in the house with me at all times, generally there have been more than that.
Currently we are living with two rescued cats (Ophelia and Mia) and our rescued basset (Bumblebee). Of course there are some downsides to living with animals....like waking up at 2am to hear a cat puking somewhere in the house. There is the abundance of pet hair. We have lint rollers at several stations throughout the house and I have to sweep the entire house at least 3 times a week to keep the pet hair under control. Then, of course, each animal has their own personal flaws (Bumblebee nasal whines in the car---it is definitely worse than you are thinking) that we have to deal with.
However, all of the inconveniences aside I think that the joys of sharing a space with animals far outweigh the negatives. Negatives come with any relationship, but not all relationships are nearly as fulfilling as those we share with animals. The cats each have different times of day where they check in with us, requesting some attention, but mostly they are independent old ladies. Bumblebee is our constant, and enthusiastic companion. She and I spend most of our days together. She is a friend to Cordelia and nurse to Elise. Our animals have taught us responsibility and have given us unlimited affection and entertainment. I hope they will also teach our daughters that animals truly are sentient beings.
Do you live with animals? Do you have strong feelings about it?