While the rest of the country is hung up on the necessity of maternity leave — or even the newly coined “meternity” — one group continues to be overlooked when it comes to paid time off from work: new pet owners.

“Paw-ternity” leave is already a reality in the UK — the British pet-insurance provider Petplan found that nearly 5 percent of new pet owners in the UK were offered time off to care for their four-legged kids.

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Here at Catster, I am the only one of our editorial team who is single. I’m receptive to finding lovers, but, after a streak of serial monogamy, I’m happy to take my time developing meaningful relationships.

Can I hear it for all the happily single ladies out there? I’m still new to San Francisco and pretty evenly split between introversion and extroversion, so anyone I meet I treat as a possible New Best Friend.

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(Not surprisingly, the UK is also light-years ahead of the US when it comes to maternity leave, offering up to 39 weeks of paid leave for new mothers.) It’s time for the US to hop aboard the “paw-ternity” train.

It’s not just because I want to stay home and cuddle on the couch with my new feline (which I do).

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