Low Maintenance Outdoor Pets

Low Maintenance Pets

Lizards Make Great Low Maintenance Pets
Lizards Make Great Low Maintenance Pets
Pet Birds Are Beautiful
Pet Birds Are Beautiful
Loyal Chinchilla
Loyal Chinchilla
Lion Head Rabbit
Lion Head Rabbit
Great Starter Fish Tank For Salt Or Fresh Water
Great Starter Fish Tank For Salt Or Fresh Water
Pet Turtles are easy to care for
Pet Turtles are easy to care for
Snakes Are Low Maintenance Pets
Snakes Are Low Maintenance Pets

Low Maintenance Outdoor Pet

Easy to keep and care for Outdoor pets

There are several types of outdoor pets to be considered when it comes to Low Maintenance. The first few of which are the pretty obvious types, like Birds, Fish, Cats, Dogs. However in the interest of delivering the best information here I believe we need to first define outdoor pet.

Outdoor pet: is typically an animal, or mammal kept outside, and as a pet.

Outdoors Animals as pets, is a different story all together. For example, a fish is an outdoor animal, but is rarely kept as a pet outside, it is much more common to find the out door animal, a fish, kept indoors.

On the other hand, a chicken is a pet (unless kept as livestock) kept outdoors. Which makes it a pet kept outdoors. But a pet none the less.

Ok now that we have identified that there is a difference in the two, types of pets, the kind kept outside, or the type which are supposed to be kept outside but aren't, we will move on to the best types of outdoor pets to keep.

Fish - Outdoor fish work great as outdoor pets. They are pretty simple to care for, they need water, sunlight, and food, and if kept properly, can be great pets. the only downside to keeping fish out doors is that they need a lot of maintenance, (cleaning pumps, ponds, etc.) on the other hand they only need to be fed once a day, cleaned once a month, and after initially setting up the tank can be a very low maintenance pet.

Keeping outdoor fish indoors, is another great way to enjoy the pet, Instead of having a pond, or fountain, you simply place a low maintenance tank in your home, set it up, fill it with your favorite fish, rather it be the more exotic saltwater fish, or a more easily cared for tropical fish, once you set up the tank it will provide you with endless hours of fun, with the simple task of feeding once a day. It is obviously easier to care for tropical fish than for salt water fish, just be sure that if you are interested in low maintenance that you are choosing the correct fish family for your tank, also keep in mid that the more fish you keep in your tank means the more you have to clean out each month.

Dogs - Some really great low maintenance pets to keep out doors are dogs. Now I am not recommending that you go buy a German Shepherd and tie it to the tree outback, however, medium to large breed dogs, do very well outdoors. They are also pretty low maintenance, they require food water and shelter, and a daily visit, as well as the occasional walk. But can enjoy solitude, and can become very loyal to the caretaker and the daily visit from the owner!

Some best kept out door dogs can be found here, Larger breeds work best as outdoor family pets, however a very great dog to keep outdoors, is a beagle, which is smaller, but still loves being surrounded by nature

Low Maintenance Outdoor Pets

Cats - Cats are in my opinion best kept outdoors. If the cat is raised as an outdoor cat, it will require less work to care for than a dog. Now I only recommend doing this if you own your own land or live in a rural area. No letting 100 cats run rampant through your neighborhood, and feeding each of them but not claiming the other responsibilities for pet keeping. But if you do live on a farm, or outside of the city limits,

Cats a great low maintenance pets to keep. They do not require much for shelter, unless you live in an area where it gets cold in the winter. They will come to your doorstep for food and water, and they are usually pretty happy chasing mice and the likes around outside. Further more, as long as you place a flea collar on the cat, the Feline friend will flourish, and have a great personality, as it will be able to come to you and enjoy the time it spend with you, instead of being forced to be by your side constantly like the indoor counterparts.

Snakes - A great outdoor pet, kept indoors, is a snake. There are many different kinds of snakes to consider keeping as pets. They can be low maintenance in smaller sizes, however if you are planning on keeping a 30 foot boa constrictor, obviously the maintenance is going to be a little more demanding.

These pets require Sunlight, heat, shelter, food and water. The feeding habits of snakes is a very particular undertaking, and you must be very educated on how, and how much to feed your snake. Also i would recommend against getting any kind of poisonous snake to keep as a pet unless you are a professional.

Lizards - Lizards make great low maintenance pets, and can be kept indoors or outdoors. the best lizard to think about getting is a bearded dragon, or a gecko, they have great personalities, they are very hardy, and tolerant to quick change, and can regenerate lost broken or damaged body parts. Lizards make the best pet for any newcomer to pet keeping because they're very simple to care for, they're very loyal, curious, and naturally exploring animals. They do require a particular environment or habitat to live.

Birds - Now here is the funny thing, obviously birds are outdoor animals, but you rarely, if ever, see people keeping them as pets, unless its indoors, and caged. This is a very wild idea, considering that birds need to be able to fly and interact with other birds socially to maintain a happiness. Birds of all types usually make great pets as long as they receive a lot of attention, otherwise they can become withdrawn, depressed, even mean.

The best way to keep a bird as a low maintenance pet is to place it in an outdoor sanctuary, where it can be in its natural environment, and fly around to exercise, as well as tweet away in the morning with the rest of the species. Obviously building a sanctuary is no easy undertaking, however just as in keeping any other pet, once set up, you can enjoy it with very little work on your part. Keeping birds outdoors is only acceptable in appropriate climates.

Rabbits - A great outdoor pet, that you can keep out doors is a rabbit. Rabbits are very low maintenance, requiring only food shelter and water, it can be caged and visited 4 times a week.
The bonus to keeping rabbits is that kids love them, and they're not kept inside, they're small, gentle, and easy to clean up after.

Rodents - such as mice guinea pigs etc, make great low maintenance pets, and can be kept as indoor pets or out door pets, provided they have the necessary environment to flourish in.

More Low Maintenance Outdoor Pets

Chinchilla - These are great outdoor animals kept as indoor pets. Chinchillas usually like to be kept alone, or in pods of 2 or less. They are best kept in large indoor cages, and require weekly feeding and watering. They are a great pet to keep if you have little time to care for an animal. The Chinchilla is very similar to a rabbit, and is also great for kids. They are small, and very soft. They can even be allowed to roam around your home provided, that you don't mind them nibbling on things they find.

Chickens - Are great pets, In the Mexico, people keep them as pets like Americans keep dogs. There are a few reasons why chickens make great outdoor pets. They require very little interaction, they need fed once every other day if that, they usually can find they're own food and water, and do not need shelter. Chickens, kept alone and cared for properly are extremly loyal. They can make a great companion, and will usually great you in the morning with a song and dance. They also do a great job at chasing off unwanted critters! As well as providing the keeper with fresh eggs daily!

A very simple outdoor pet to keep indoors is any type of insect. They usually require low food, and water, and can be kept in small containers. Ants are a great idea, especially for kids. An ant farm requires basically zero maintenance.

Turtles - Make great outdoor pets, but require an appropriate habitat, usually with water and dry land.

In Conclusion i would like to say that there is no animal that a person can keep that requires absolutely zero maintenance. Furthermore, it is inappropriate to consider keeping ANY pet if you are unwilling or unable to spend time with it. Any animal, reptile, or insect kept as a pet, should be cared for at least once a day, a good rule of thumb is to try to spend an hour a day with your pet, if you are unable to do this, I recommend not keeping a pet.

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FishAreFriends 5 years ago from Colorado

Nice Hub! I don't have any outdoor pets now, and most on the list would some inside during our cold colorado winters anyways... I like the organization of this hub.


Lori 23 months ago

dogs are a pack animal and certainly need more than simply a daily visit. how sad.....

Random 11 months ago

Chickens are the best bet

reptor 11 months ago

30 foot boa wow I'd love to see one of these dog need more socializing than your info has stated I have find in my opinion that working dogs suit the outdoor lifestyle as I have four my self I keep them in twos as they are pack animals but have 2 other heated pens in case there a problem witch I ain't had in 5 years an they seem to enjoy it my dogs are out of that pen for at least 6/7 hours a night if it just wondering the yard or working or there just sitting in the garage with me but there never left long periods of time with out human contact

Amanda 7 months ago

Not one of these pets are low maintenance and deserve at least 2 hours interaction and exercise per day.

animallover 2 months ago

Um, have you thought about how cold these poor animals will get in Winter. Also, as a gecko owner, I know you most certainly CAN NOT keep them outdoors! Rabbits CAN NOT just be caged and visited 4 times a week! That is complete RUBBISH!!!

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