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Do you really want a cat?  a dog?  a kid?  Or would you rather have a new video card for your computer?  Let's compare...

Herewith, a rundown of the relative merits of four options for the computer enthusiast - a kitten, a puppy, a baby, and (as a representative example of the more usual kind of home information technology purchase) a new video card.
   

 

Kitten

Puppy

Baby

New video card

CuteYesYesArguablyNo
FurryYes
(some exceptions)
YesNoNo
(assuming case dust filters are effective)
Buries own dungYesNoNoN/A
Talks backNoNoEventuallyNo
PurrsYesNoNoNo
(unless cooling fan bearings are failing)
ElegantYesNoNoArguably
CoordinatedYesNoNoN/A
Multiple rendering pipelinesNoNoNoYes
Chases tailYesYesNo
(some exceptions)
No
Can be shut up in kitchen overnightYesYesYes, until someone finds outSure, if you like
Smells badNoSometimesOftenNo
Climbs screen doorsYesNoNoNo
Likes to eat bugsYesYesYesNo
     
Number of favourable scores:11623


Clearly, and despite competing opinions, a kitten is substantially preferable to a puppy. It's also, incidentally, obvious that a new video card is 1.5 times as desirable as a baby.   In their favour, babies can be made at home and offer superior resale value.   The kitten, however, is obviously the better option.