I love cats, really I do, I'm a cat person when I'm not a hyena person (and try getting a pet hyena in Austin. The breeders overcharge.
So I'm thinking of getting a pet meme. No, really. A friend had a really cute one named Temporary Autonomous Zone. It was absolutely adorable. Didn't take orders well, but you'd never know where the little critter would turn up. Under the sofa, at a rave, wandering around USENET, in the vegetable crisper.
Of course, finding a licenced meme breeder is tough. I hear Marshall MacLuhan is out of the business, which is a tragedy in and of itself. I think he owned T.A.Z's grandsire, got it from a dealer in Africa. And I never really felt good buying from those meme mills like Chomsky.
The best way to handle them is to adopt, of course--I mean, it's much kinder, and you don't get the pure-breeds with all the weird mental quirks. Only problem is, starting in the late 60's, they had a really vigorous Cold War/Detante crossbreed, and it just overbred, and if you just pick up a meme from a friend who just got a litter, or out of a cardboard box in front of the grocery store, there's a good chance it'll be partially informed by "mutually assured destruction," and those just aren't as cheerful and energetic as the ones you can get from a licenced meme breeder.
I've heard they're really easy to take care of, just feed them regularly--I mean, most of what they eat, you can get on-line, no problem--and change your mind every two or three days. I'm going to name my first one either "Chuckles," "Snowball," or "The Communications Elite are keeping the populous in a state of Information Serfdom." I really haven't decided yet.