How do I get him to let me have a cat?

I have been with my boyfriend for 5 years now. Before I was with him I always had a cat, and I want one now. But since we have been together and living on our own he won't let me have one. He says they smell bad. They will be in his stuff. They cost to much money. He won't pay the deposit so we can have one. I have told him that I would pay the deposit and everything else for the cat. And he says I can only have one if I can keep him from ever seeing the cat. I'm very much a animal person and I miss having an animal. I tried seeing if I could have a bunny and he still said no. He says he's not willing to sacrifice his happiness so I can have a cat. Now I feel selfish for wanting a cat knowing it would make him unhappy for my happiness. I don't know what to do. It seems like I'm not able be completely be myself
How do I get him to let me have a cat?
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