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10 Reasons My Cat Is My Favorite Child

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cat and babySome parents get legitimately angry when a childfree person refers to their pet as their baby, or talks about having a pet as practice for when they become a parent. I’ve had my cat since I was a single gal in my 20s and having a kitty was an unwritten rule, like having Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer and watching Friends. I’m a mom now, but I still think of my cat as my firstborn. Obviously I fell head over heels in love with my children when they were born, but caring for a mini human is hard work. Cats are just as cuddly and on days when the kids are being extra fussy, it can be easy to compare the two and realize how in some ways having a cat wins out over having a baby.

(Related: 10 Reasons Cats Are Better Than Babies)

1. Cats are quieter than babies.

You know what’s peaceful? A purring cat. A wailing baby- not so much.

2. Cats understand the concept of independent play.

I love my kids, I really do, but sometimes it seems they choose the exact moment I need to do something as the moment to demand I hold them, dinner preparations be damned. My cat on the other hand, will disappear for hours on end.

3. Cats don’t destroy your property (as much).

With the exception of Mylar balloon string (it’s a delicacy) and my knitting stitch counter (, my cat doesn’t mess with my stuff. The list of things my boys have ruined seems to grow exponentially day by day.

4. Cats eat what you give them.

Kibble, wet food, that pea you dropped- unlike babies, cats eat what’s in front of them and clean up after themselves.

5. Unlike babies, cats don’t have milestones.

Just when I feel like I’m finally settling into a rhythm with my kids, they have a huge surge in development that leaves me scrambling to think of creative baby-proofing solutions and new ways to entertain them. Cats are cats, so the same feather on a string that thrilled them three years ago is going to be just as exciting a month from now.

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