December 18, 2008
From Robo-Raptor to Pleo to Kota, toy makers seem to love the idea of creating pet dinosaurs. The problem is that these plastic playmates are often exorbitantly expensive and have a limited number of behaviors, quickly losing their charm.
If you really must have a pet dinosaur, there is a cheaper way to do it. If you have a dog, you can dress it up in a “Dogzilla” costume and pretend that you’ve got a pet like a certain modern stone-age family. If you have cats, though, you know well enough not to try doing the same with them. The pictures you get might be cute, but is it really worth the price of your feline friend puking on your bed in revenge?
Sign up for our free email newsletter and receive the best stories from Smithsonian.com each week.