If your Instagram feed is loaded with more photos of adorable pets than pics of cute babies, you鈥檙e not alone. A newly published survey shows that while millennials are in love with the furry friends in their lives, they鈥檙e not sure about whether or not they want kids, or have already made up their minds that there are no babies in their futures.

Surveying 8,000 millennials, Gen-Xers, and baby boomers, venture firm Qualtrics and Accel found that less than a third (27 percent) of millennials don鈥檛 want a pet. Meanwhile, 44 percent of millennials say they don鈥檛 want to have children, or they鈥檙e still unsure about whether or not they鈥檒l have kids. While the survey says that this trend has to do with millennials wanting to keep their independent lifestyles, reality is a bit more complicated.

Mechi Anna铆s Est茅vez Cruz is a 27-year-old who splits her time between NYC and Cabarete in the Dominican Republic. Cruz adores her dog Coco, but when it comes to kids, she already knows it鈥檚 a hard no. She tells us that she doesn鈥檛 think of her dog as a child, but the two of them still have a really special bond.

Cruz says that her little podenco canario mix pooch helps her a lot with her PTSD anxiety, and the two go everywhere together. But she says that while she loves her dog, she thinks raising children is an altogether different endeavor. While Cruz can leave her dog at home alone when she鈥檚 working, the same isn鈥檛 at all true of a young child. And pet bills can get pretty pricey, but nowhere near the cost of parenting a kid.

鈥淚 have a huge respect for parents and what that job entails, which is why I don鈥檛 consider my pet my child,鈥 Cruz says. 鈥淏eing a parent is a real tough thing to do. Having a pet is not like that at all.鈥

Christina Tesoro is 28 and has a pet dog in NYC, and agrees that having a pet and having a child aren鈥檛 comparable. She tells us that while she calls her dog 鈥渉er baby,鈥 she doesn鈥檛 see her dog the same way as a child. Like Cruz, Tesoro says that she gets a lot of emotional support from her pup, and that she loves her dog and the two share an emotional bond 鈥 just not in the same way that parents are connected to their kids.

Tesoro also tells us that she鈥檚 not totally sure about having kids yet, but she鈥檚 leaning toward no, in large part because of the huge financial costs of parenting. Money is the number one reason why she鈥檚 hesitant, but she also has concerns about the environmental impact of having children and the overall state of the world, and what it would mean to bring another child into society. None of these things, however, are major concerns in caring for pets.

Quatrics and Accel noted that the top reasons millennials gave for not wanting children or being unsure about kids had to do with a general lack of desire, plus the concern that kids are limiting to a person鈥檚 lifestyle. Based on the conversations we had with Cruz and Tesoro, it seems that financial concerns are huge as well.

Cruz and Tesoro鈥檚 feelings about kids and their pets call into question whether it鈥檚 even useful to compare pets with children. Both raised points about the differences in commitment and cost, and noted that parenting a child really just isn鈥檛 the same as caring for pets. Overall, it doesn鈥檛 seem that a desire for pets is related much to a desire (or lack thereof) for children.

Whether or not millennials end up having as many kids as previous generations still remains to be seen, but in the meantime, they鈥檙e opening up their homes to furry companions who they love just as much.

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