Pets are important for kids, and grown-ups, too.
My first pets were fish because my mother didn't like animals.
Later I was allowed to have a hamster.
Then my mother let me have a cat the kids in the neighboring summer cabin had taken in when they were going home. It was a male cat, but my mother wouldn't tell me how to tell the gender of a cat and I wanted one that would have kittens, so I named him Susie. He was never allowed to spend the night in our house, but went into the basement through a hole.
I also had other cats as a young adult but I couldn't have cats anymore after I got married because of my husband's extreme allergy to cat hair.
Then I became a dog person. I'll write about them in my next post.