Five things I hadn't anticipated when I got a cat:
1. Hair. How can something so small (8 lbs) produce so much hair?
2. Just how slippery and argumentative a small animal can be when it comes time to put her in the travel case to go to the vet.
3. How nice it is to have someone glad to see you after a day away.
4. That keeping the cat food in the garage might lead to having mice snack on it and stash it behind the dashboard of my van, which necessitated a need to take the van to the garage for a de-kibble-ing.