I think from now on when people ask me that question I'm gonna respond by saying a different kind of animal I have as a pet.
Do you have kids?
I have cats,
I have a bird,
I have fish,
I have a guinea pig,
OR (the one that'll probably make people stay away from me):
I have crabs. Well, I do. They're pets. They live in my aquarium. Red legged land crabs....bigger than hermit or fiddler crabs.
Yep, that'll be my response. "No, I have crabs."
-- twilight_ashes in childfree, here