There is a reason that dogs are referred to as "man's best friend." They are intuitive, loving, affectionate and always eager to please. Many Americans feel that same love and affection for their cats (or any other family pet for that matter).
So when a family is separated by divorce, pets often get stuck in the middle. Unfortunately, the situation is further complicated by the fact that there are few laws - if any - governing pet custody. In most states, pets are still considered property and subject to the state's property division laws.