Friday, April 19, 2019

Do millennials opt for a ‘fur baby’ because they’re broke – or scared of responsibility? | Josie Cox | Opinion | The Guardian

Buster, it turns out, was just over two months old – a true “fur baby” in advanced social media parlance – and his doe-eyed owner assured us that she was just as consumed with sleep training and feeding regimes as we were. It was only when chatter turned to nipple cream, and how it serves wonderfully as lip balm, that her contributions to the conversation dried up.

Buster’s owner is among a growing breed of young people opting for pets over kids as the burden of raising a tiny human is losing its appeal for commitment-phobic, cash-strapped, travel-obsessed or simply career-prioritising millennials. Government data published this week shows that, for the first time since the ONS began collecting data, more women are getting pregnant in their 30s than in their 20s.


At least with luck your humans eventually stop pooping and peeing on the floor. Not so your Bichon Frise and your mentally ill pit bull dwarf.

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I hadn't known that The State kept an annual total of women who get pregnant. Not entirely comforting.

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 19, 2019 11:19:06 AM