Millennials Are Choosing Fur Babies Over Human Babies
Entertainment

Millennials Are Choosing Fur Babies Over Human Babies

Staying "child-free" may be a rising trend among millennials.

238
pixabay

First, there were the Baby Boomers, having anywhere from two to three kids and some from five to six. They had big families early in life. Kids were seen as the people that would take care of the parents when they were old and could no longer live on their own.

Having kids and getting married was the norm. Now, it is time for a change. The Boomers' lifestyle is taking a backseat when it comes to a new trend on the rise: Millennial pet owners are steadily taking over.

Gone are the houses full of diapers and onesies. It's time to stock up on chew toys and harnesses. It is time to make some room for the fur babies. A new trend is on the rise in which millennials are choosing to have pets over human babies.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and reported by Quartz, show a considerable decline of babies born to people aged 15 to 29. This decline is paired with an enormous increase in ownership of small dogs.

Dogs and cats have become the new babies for millennial households while they put other milestones -- such as marriage and giving birth -- on hold. Many say this is due to the self-centeredness of this generation.

Millennials find it more convenient to have a pet rather than have a child. With a dog or cat, you do not have to spend all day worrying about their every move. Leave them with some toys, enough water, a place to use the bathroom and they can stay alone all day. You have the chance to love the pet unconditionally without completely changing your lifestyle.

Some say this rise in pet ownership is due to the cost. Yes having a pet is expensive. The American Kennel Club put out a report saying the average cost of raising a small dog in 2015 was $2674. For medium-sized dogs, the cost was $2889. Large dogs were $3239 and giant breeds like Great Danes were $3,536. The average lifetime cost of raising a dog came out to be $23,410 -- this did not include added costs of obedience classes, agility training or any private lessons if needed.

As expensive as having a pet might seem, millennials still say it is not as expensive as raising a child. The U.S Department of Agriculture released their annual Expenditures on Children by Families report detailing how much the average family spends on children in 2013. A middle-income family can expect to spend about $245,340 for things like food, housing, childcare and education for up to the age of 18.

For people in urban South areas, they spend $230,610. People in rural areas reportedly spend $193,590 and people in urban Northeast areas spend the most, $282,480.

Even though price alone is a big factor, many millennials say the pet ownership increase is due to you getting the same rush from a pet as you do from a baby. With breastfeeding and loving physical contact, your body releases hormones known as oxytocin -- or "love hormones" -- that make you feel that bond with your baby. Pet owners are saying they get that same exact rush of oxytocin when they are loved by their pets.

Pets love unconditionally and for their entire lives. Babies grow up to become adults that go off and live their own separate lives. A pet will always show that unconditional love and affection that we crave. No matter how many times a day they see us, every time we walk into the house they greet us with the biggest tail wags and happiest faces. They never take what we do for granted and they do not hold grudges against us.

Many millennial pet owners say having a pet gave them the practice they need for when they do decide to have human kids. Pets are pretty much a preview of what having a kid is going to be like. You feed the pet, take it to the doctors when it is sick or hurt, worry about the pet's well-being, you love the pet and you provide for the pet. All of these things are things you will have to do when you have a child.

Pets teach us how to be patient and how to love something unconditionally. They make mistakes like human babies do. They go through their own learning process and rely on us to teach them right from wrong. They look to us when they are afraid, hurt or sick. To them, we are their parents and the person that will protect them when they need it.

Just like first-time mothers and fathers read books on raising children, millennial pet owners are also just as dedicated. Wakefield Research presented a report detailing the millennial pet owner. They found that 76 percent of millennials said they'd splurge on their pets before they'd splurge on themselves, 44 percent of those would spend big on expensive treats and 38 percentage on custom dog beds.

The research states this is in part due to the fact that millennial pet owners are conscientious and are more focused on the quality of the things they buy. You want the best food, only natural products, organic snacks, BPA-free toys. You think more towards the quality than the Baby Boomers from previous generations.

Whatever the reason, this trend is growing quickly among the millennial generation. Pets are just more appealing to our lifestyle. Gone is the norm of having a family right out of high school or college and in is raising a furbaby.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

This Survey Shows How Quarantine And Drinking Relate, And I Can't Say I'm Surprised

"5 o'clock somewhere" is more of a guideline now than ever.

As it stands, and my friends and I are finally 21. We're extremely excited to be able to go out to bars and "get lit" as the kids say, but due to the pandemic, all of our plans have been put on hold. We'd rather wait and go when it's safe than risk spreading the infection and hurting our loved ones. So, we've all been quarantining apart, getting on the occasional wine zoom call. This made me wonder if anyone else our age were doing the same thing.

Then, I discovered this survey: We Surveyed Millennials And Gen Z About Their Quarantine Drinking Habits — Cheers. Here are 3 things that I discovered through the survey results.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

5 Easy Summer Mocktail Recipes You Can Make With Items You Probably Already Have On-Hand

Keep these drinks in mind next time you're visiting your local farmer's market — you might want to grab some extra mint and limes.

With Summer 2020 in full swing comes the addition of many fresh fruits and vegetables to brighten up your dinner plate, but also your glass! Farmers markets are my personal favorite place to look for produce that is in season to make fun mocktails with.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

5 Ways To Celebrate The 4th of July — Without Fireworks Or Social Gatherings

We created a list of things to do since social distancing may create a dent in our typical, planned traditions.

With the Fourth of July on Saturday, the usual tradition of popping fireworks, grilling out, and being surrounded by family has been modified due to the pandemic. Whether you're a loner or surrounded by family, there will most likely be some changes to your celebrations.

For weeks on social media, people across the country have been complaining that they have been subjected to fireworks going off at all times of the night into the early morning. This has sparked concern and questions about why this is happening and how are people even obtaining the fireworks.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Carb And Cheese Lovers, Unite — These Are The Best Mac And Cheese Recipes On The Internet

Whether you need to get through the current pandemic or want to spice up your Fourth of July celebrations, these mac and cheese recipes will do just that.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxIKdnMHcGr/

My favorite food is mac and cheese, and it always has been. All it requires is noodles and cheese — it's so simple to make. Although it's my favorite, it can also get kind of mundane because it's such a simple recipe. This, of course, has led to many people all over the world experimenting with the American staple.

With our lives currently being turned upside down due to the pandemic, a lot of people are seeking comfort. These are scary times, and in order to make it day-to-day, we need to have our favorite foods as a standby. These recipes can also be used during your celebration of the Fourth of July.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

17 Things To Make You Feel GOOD This Week

Because some purchases are just necessary.

Y'all, we're struggling. You don't even have to tell me, I know. What a mess we're all in, right? This year is not going how we planned and the world has turned into one giant struggle bus. I guess you could be super philosophical about everything happening for a reason, but sometimes life is just hard.

There are plenty of ways to bring yourself out of whatever rut you're in. You could go for a run, have a snack, or read a book. Or, if you're really looking for an adrenaline rush, go shopping. This is obviously not going to solve the world's problems with one swift click of the "checkout" button, but hey, it may just give you the little boost you need today.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Wore A Butt Mask Every Day For A Month, And It's Officially Essential In My Daily Self-Love Routine Now

Thirty days later, my booty's as smooth as a baby's.

- Blissfully unaware that butt-care beyond squats was even something I should be considering in my self-care routine, I tried one of Bawdy Beauty's butt masks for the first time a month ago.

- I've never really given my butt a second though till I took a look at improvements that could be made with the mask — if one of the hydrating, firming, detoxifying, or brightening masks in the kit I received could either smooth out cellulite or tone my skin a bit more, I wasn't going to complain.

- Each Bawdy Beauty sheet mask comes in an individually-packaged sheet, soaked with a serum I massaged into my skin after removing said sheet. The clay butt mask comes in a convenient stick format I simply draw on to my skin and leave to set for about 10 minutes before hopping into the shower.

- I set a goal of committing myself to butt-care every day for one month. Between the regular use of sheet masks, clay masks, and their CBD Butt Balm in between, I didn't have many expectations.

- I thought the whole concept may just be a gimmick, but my butt has never looked so toned in my life, and the cellulite I had is almost completely gone. I wear one every single day when I get the chance.

I'm incredibly skeptical when it comes to marketing ploys and gimmicks in the beauty world. I'll be the first cynic to try out the latest serum on the market every influencer is raving about just to negate every grandiose claim it makes.

Keep Reading... Show less

Friends, you don't have to be quarantined to use a personal massager, you know? Because, sure, quarantine made for a lot of extra quality time with yourself, but no matter what phase of the reopening process you're in, it's normal and actually healthy to take care of your sexual needs on your own.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

5 Books I Didn't Realize Are About Gay Women

If you read primarily LGBTQ fiction, then this list might help to expand your TBR list.

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

Frequent readers of LGBTQ fiction might feel like they're reading the same book over and over again, with few exceptions.

Most of these books were on my TBR list for months and I didn't realize they were about gay women until I was reading them, hopefully, this list of books can interest you in expanding your reading material and seeking out different stories.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments