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Have another baby? I’m going to adopt a cat instead

For years, my son Matt begged for a brother or sister. It took a cat to change his mind

Illustration by Kate Hazell

Someone asked me recently if I felt worried about my son being an only child. “Yes,” I said. “And we’ve got fleas as a result.”

For years, Matt has been asking for a little brother or sister, as though it would simply be a case of picking one up from the baby shop. The older I get, the less I feel capable of everything that growing a human entails so a few months ago I convinced him that…

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