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Apartment and dorm friendly critters
Many landlords and colleges frown upon their tenants owning pets. This will help you pick the best and avoid the worst as far as pet choices go.
First, what pets work best in small living quarters? My first choice and favorite are definitely rabbits!
Rabbits make great pets for many reasons. They are usually docile, can be trained to a litter box, and are often very social and contented. There are only 2 draw backs. One the breed faster than any other pet. Second, two males can not be in the same cage together, or they will fight to the death! You can solve this by spaying them and put a male and female together or 2 females, or better yet, have just one rabbit per cage.
Hamsters also make a good choice because, though they are rodents, they are cute and less trouble than rats or mice. Just give them a safe cage and a running wheel, and they will be happy!
Lizards are fun if you can keep them contained and choose some that eat reptile food. I prefer tiny chameleons and small lizards like skinks, even though Iguanas and bearded dragons are good choices too.
Hermit Crabs- Are very easy and social with other crabs. Also, these days you can easily find some great decorative shells, like your teams favorite football helmet,etc.
Aquatic Crabs are cool and of course, start off a conversation.
Salamanders, Turtles and Frogs, round out my choices of the best. Firebelly Salamanders are beautiful and make awesome pets for any age.
Those that I would avoid-
Exotics as a whole are good to avoid, maybe except for fennec foxes.
Sugar Gliders are tiny and cute, but, they are messy, smelly and a lot of work. Also, you won't be able to keep them a secret! There are nocturnal and will call out loudly at night! They also live to be 15, sometimes 20 years old.
Spiders, scorpions and snakes are creepy to some people and will scare your neighbors if they escape! You don't want to have unwanted drama or problems. But if you can control the risk, than maybe you can make it work.
Cats and dogs...They are a risk for obvious reasons. Need I say more.
Doing some research will help you make the best decisions!
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