I get it.
Domestic pets never grow larger than you. Children do. You’ll remember siblings or family friends as small and sweet, and then find yourself shocked by their increase in size and angst. Cats and dogs, they stay small enough to lay their head on your lap and sleep. You feel their tiny hearts beating and know that without you, they’re helpless.
I always assumed the pet thing was all about the “cute & cuddly” factor, but it’s more than that. It’s about feeling like a Protector. Feeling large. Feeling that you are a necessary part of another being’s existence.
So, to the crazy cat ladies of the world and the animal hoarders and the kids who always need just one more animal in the house: I get it. Hold on as long as you can.