I knew something like this was bound to happen, since my family got a beautiful grey (not black, but grey) kitten :) this spring and we all became quite attached to it. It's the first cat I got fond of in my whole life :):(.
There's a sequel to this story: my cat got four kittens (five actually, but we gave one to a friend) and now I have a five times bigger chance to contract something nasty*. >:((
I love them all though.
*according to the article linked in the first post