Choose the right family pet: Cats
The local vet says: 'There's evidence to show that kids who grow up with pets are more self-assured and socially adept than those without. Animals communicate with body language and so the children learn basic social skills from the experts.'
Things to remember: The expensive part of owning a cat is its food. If you think it's going to cost you at least £1 a day to feed your cat, over a year that's nearly £400. And over 10 to 20 years, that's between 4 to 8 grand. Plus, there are jabs and pet insurance to pay out for too.
Family rating? Cats are brilliant if you love spending time with animals and can give that long-term commitment.
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