Apartment living can have some wonderful perks but it can also come with many limitations especially if the apartment is low on space. Most apartment residents do not want to take the risk of keeping pets because of various reasons that include restrictions imposed by the owner.
Sometimes, people just don’t want to have to go through the hassle of taking care of a pet in an apartment due to the obvious problems that can arise. I learned that the hard way after moving into an apartment with two large dogs, three cats and an aviary. Needless to say, I ended up keeping only two parrots and giving away the rest.
There are many animals that can not only adapt to your living conditions and limitations but also do not really require much space to thrive. While fish, hamsters and hedgehogs are usually the most popular choices, you don’t really have to be limited to these.
Here are some of our tried and tested suggestions for best pets for apartment living.
Alright, don’t freak out. Snakes are probably the last thing you had in mind as a pet but these slithering beautiful creatures are wonderful as pets. Of course, you should go for the non-poisonous breeds for a happy pet experience without accidents. All they need is a glass case to live in, enough room to slither about in and their favorite food. And you can also post pictures of yourself as the fearless snake handler on Facebook and Instagram to combat all those boring cat and dog photos.
Bearded Dragons or Pogona
Another great choice for apartment living, bearded dragons aren’t really dragons but they do look like them, with small beard-like extensions at the base of their chins. As a reptile, these pets also do not require a lot of maintenance or taking care. You can easily get a terrarium at a pet store and only have to be careful about cleaning it just like you would for your other pets or yourself.
Start with a small terrarium when your dragon is young however, getting the 55 gallon version will probably be a better investment considering that you will have to get that one once your dragon grows up into an adult. Because bearded dragons are omnivorous, they will eat both animal and plant matter, so feeding them is not much of a problem.
These make for wonderful pets. They are easy-going, active, fun to play with and easy to litter train. The downside to owing a ferret is that they are curious creatures. Couple that with their lithe and small body and you have a pet that snuggles into any available small hole or opening. They are also nocturnal so that can be a bit of a problem for some people.
As with all other pets, do not buy an animal just because it looked cute. As a pet owner, you are responsible for the well-being of the pet and for those around you. Be sure to do your research before you bring a new family member home.