A Millennial Obsession
Older generations often scoff at the items that Millennials choose to spend their money on, and pets seem to be another example. As this fact points out, Millennials have more pets than both Baby Boomers and members of Generation X. Which is no surprise, considering many Millennials are also deciding not to have kids.
Since Millennials are also a bit less eager to have kids of their own as well, having a pet instead seems to be a smart way to increase the size of your family without taking on the immense responsibility of raising a human. Based on personal experience, I agree entirely.