I grew up with a lot of animals in the house. We went through several dogs, a couple cats, fish, ferrets, a guinea pig, even a turtle at one point. Our cat Ki-Pu (pronounced kee-pew) will be turning a whopping 15 this year!
Even though we grew up with a lot of animals in the house, none of them were explicitly my responsibility as a child. When I was in my late teens, I did have to take care of the turtle and Ki-Pu, but cats and turtles are easy. You feed them, you clean up after them, and that’s that. Not until I was 18 did I get my own dog and learn how much work they really are.