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I Love My Children More Than I Love My Pet

You know that study that 75% of the women said that they love their children more than their husbands? And then Casey wrote this fantastic post about why she doesn’t love her kids more than her husband.

Well, I have a shocking confession to make: I love my children more than I love my cat Nicki.

A lot more.

It’s not even close.

(Please don’t tell her. Or send her a link to this post.)

And I’m not even going to say that I love them in a different way, although I suppose I do. You know, in a way that you love human beings in a different way than you love pets.  It’s sort of like the difference between loving a pet and a house plant, even if the plant is an orchid.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Nicki a lot.  She is adorable and sweet and a part of my family. But a very feline part. Since she’s a pet and I don’t consider her my child.

Which brings me to another point.

I don’t understand people who consider pets to be their children.  And I suspect that no one who has a human child considers their pet a child as well.

When my now teenage daughter was a baby, I was talking to a friend about how exhausted I was from all the middle of the night activity that occurs at  the newborn stage, and she said, “oh, I know! My puppy is the same way!”

I probably thought that in my sleep deprivation I suffered an auditory hallucination, but when I told my mother about the conversation, she said, “of course!” and then went on to tell me that she considered her dog to be her son and my brother.  An uncle to my daughter, if you will.

OH. MY. GOD.

To paraphrase Joe Biden during the Vice Presidential debate with Sarah Palin, where do I begin?

I totally get that people love their pets. I love Nicki, but she is not my daughter.  Nor is she, as my daughter would have it, my granddaughter. We are simply not related.

Mostly because she is not human.

And I may be in the vast minority here, but I consider being a human being a requirement for a child.  I’m a real stickler like that.  My own kids can vouch for that.

What do you think? If you have (mostly human) children and pets do you consider your pets to be your children as well?

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