Why are pets so expensive?

Columbia River Gorge : August 2003

I have no idea what I’m going to do should we ever have children. When I walk into PetsMart (or any other pet store), I walk out having spent too much money on things my pets probably don’t need. Nylabones, fancy dog biscuits, catnip toys that get lost underneath the couch, dog beds that are never used, nifty pet hair removers that don’t remove pet hair, and countless toys that I feel obliged to offer up to my canines and felines. And that’s on top of the things they really do need. Look out for the spoiled progeny of the Smiths, world!