A famous kids' poem goes: "The three little kittens, they lost their mittens" – but does anyone ever ask why the kittens had mittens in the first place? And who's paying for all this cosy paw-wear anyway?
Even if you don't clothe your kitties in designer apparel, a cat, or pet, could cost you thousands of dollars over their lifetime.
According to the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Australians are spending an average of $11 on their pets every week. And when you consider that The Adelaide Vet states the average lifespan for a cat as 15 years (which includes all nine of them), that all could add up to around $8,500 in total.
The Adelaide Vet – a South Australian vet practice – states the oldest reported cat lived to the grand old age of 28. At $11 purr week, that's about $16,000 in a lifetime.
So where's it all going (apart from on your credit card)?
The largest portion of this is most likely going to food costs, with the rest of the expenditure going to care, supplies, vet fees, grooming, boarding and the occasional purchase such as collars, scratching posts and bags designed to perfectly fit a tiny dog.
Yes, dogs make for incredibly loyal companions, cats are always ready for a cuddle when it suits them, and most pet stores are akin to playgrounds for the animal lovers among us. And let's not forget the constellation of studies outlining how the company of a pet can not just improve your health, but also help improve your own lifespan.
But think about how many different ways you could spend several thousand dollars, and ask yourself if it's all worth it.
The answer? Of course it is. Just think how famous your pet might one day be on the internet!
How much do you spend on your tiny, furry children