I am extremely fortunate in that my house has 3 wonderful cats. My host mother found them as abandoned kittens and nursed them back to health. From top to bottom: Marou, Luffy (like from Onepiece), and Koban. It took a little while, but they're all used to me now. In fact, Koban is so used to me, he decided to mark my closet with his unique odor. Koban isn't neutered and apparently my room has traditionally been off limits for the cats. I let him in and he decided to make himself right at home. Lesson learned I guess. In any case, they're super adorable, and from time to time they jump into this cardboard box with a rope attached my host father calls a "cat boat", you'll see.
I couldn't ask for a better host family methinks.