When couples first start thinking about children, they have to deal with the idea of caring for a helpless creature 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the next few years. Not surprisingly, many couples first start out by adopting a cat or a dog to get used to caring for a creature.

Over 40% of couples said they adopted a pet to see if they were ready to have kids. For anyone who owns a cat, you’ll realize that cats are far more troublesome than kids because at least kids don’t demand all your time and attention like a cat will do. After all, when was the last time you had to clean the litter box of a 15-year old kid?

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