Where being loyal comes into the picture is knowing that she will stop at the end of our property and turn around and come home. A few people have stopped, picked her up and brought her to our front door thinking she would keep following them down the street, but she won't, she knows where she belongs and who she belongs with.
Friendships are like that, we can have plenty of friends but our true friends can be depended upon to choose loyalty above self interest. They will have our backs and support us when we need them. They will go the extra mile for us and we know we can trust them to have our best interests at heart.
Midlife has taught me that loyalty and integrity are getting harder to find, when you have a loyal friend, you have a friend for life. Knowing our cat will always come home and knowing my friends will have my back are both integral to my world view. I can trust them both - I know Flit won't trade me in for a friendly patter and I know my friends won't trade me in for a "better offer".