I recently wrote an article about why dogs are better than babies. If you haven't had a chance to read it, you can check it out here.
The truth is that not every couple dreams of becoming parents. For many, their fur babies are enough for them. They don't need to have a child in order to have a full life.
Unsure about whether or not you want to have a child? Here are some reasons why cats are better than babies.
They are much cheaper than children. Having a child costs thousands of dollars a year, while your cat shouldn't cost more than a thousand a year (unless he or she isn't feeling well).
In fact, the cost of having a baby can really add up, costing you several thousand dollars. You might be able to get a cat or kitten for free (or very low cost)!
You also don't have to go through labor. You aren't going to be the one who has to give birth when you get a kitten. You don't have to deal with morning sickness, labor, possible emergency C-sections, and then working hard to get your figure back.
Cats can't complain like children. Children can become very whiny, especially when they are tired. They may not want to eat what you are serving. Toddlers are known for throwing temper tantrums. As they get older, they may want nice clothes and things like their friends have (such as cell phones).
Your cat could care less about any of these things. He or she will eat whatever you put in front of him or her. They also don't need the latest gadgets.
You won't find yourself doing homework. Many parents have to relearn things that they learned in school, just to help their children with their homework. You may even have to find a new way to do things, just to get your children through school!
You also don't have to bathe them. Most parents hate bath time! Their children don't enjoy it, and neither do they! Lucky for cat parents, their fur babies happily groom themselves. Some cats spend almost a third of their life grooming.
Raising children can feel like a crushing responsibility. You may feel overwhelmed making sure that you are raising good people. You have to worry about the future of humanity, as well as worry about the world that your children will grow up in. You don't have to worry about all of this when you have a cat. Everyone knows that they just do whatever they want, whenever they want!
You don't have to worry about your cat getting knocked up. In fact, by spaying and neutering your cat, you don't have to worry at all! If your unspayed cat does get pregnant, you can give away the kittens for free.
Having pets gives you plenty of reasons not to host the next party. Since many people are allergic to cats, you may not be able to have your friends over. You will have to be the one who shows up at parties and not hosts them! For many, the thought of throwing a party is just too much, and they are looking for any excuse. Having cats is a perfect one!
You can go away for a long weekend and not have to worry about your cats. As long as you are able to leave some food and water out for them, your cats will be just fine. Leaving your children home alone is frowned upon when they are younger. When they are older, you may have to worry about the wild parties that your children may try to throw.
Though having children can be the best thing that ever happened to you, you also can make the choice not to have them. In fact, you may find yourself a mom to a cat, which might be the better choice for you! It is much less expensive to raise a kitten, than a child. You don't even have to give birth!
Cats don't complain. They eat whatever you give them. You don't need to do homework with them. No baths! You can even leave them home alone for a long weekend without worrying. Though it is a responsibility, it is a much more crushing responsibility to raise a child! Your cat will be fine, no matter what happens, while you have to raise your children to be good people.
Previously published on Medium and/or Newsbreak.
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Small town country girl in southern Pennsylvania. Raising two boys on a small farm filled with horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, dogs, and a cat. Certified veterinary technician and writer at Virtually Shelley.