Mason Disick
Awww!
What do you get when you combine Kourtney Kardashian's oldest child, Mason Disick, and the cutest kitten who's ever walked the Earth -- Kim's new pet, Mercy? A squee-worthy moment if there ever was one, and insides that most likely just turned to faerie dust. Or purple unicorn poop. Or frozen yogurt.

Moms and dads who are vehemently against pets -- sorry, but this adorable little face is photographic proof that sometimes you have to bite the bullet and buy your kids an animal.

Are pets a lot of work? Yes. Are they another expense? Yes. Are they messy and stinky and bring all sorts of weird crap into your house? Yes. But you know what else does? Kids! Just think about how much easier and cheaper and cleaner your life was before you started having babies. Now think about how much better your life is with them.

No, I don't think pets are the same thing as children. And no, I don't think parents should buy their kids every single thing they want, turning them into spoiled brats. But I do think if your child asks for a pet for a long time -- and you see how much joy animals bring him or her -- it might be cause for a trip to the shelter. Or at least the fish section at Petco.

As I've recently learned, once you become a parent, it isn't about you anymore. Your times of going out on a whim, sleeping in, and a clean house are ov-ah. It's all about the littles. For a while at least. And, like I said, it's a good thing, because look how much joy they bring you. So, why not just buy them the damn dog already?

Did you get a pet for your kid?


Image via Kim Kardashian/Instagram