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Great Pets for People Who Don't Like Animals

Updated on December 15, 2016
Not a great pet...
Not a great pet...


I know what you're thinking - why would someone who doesn't like animals need or want a pet? Well, there are plenty of reasons why some people don't like animals - they can be messy, expensive, difficult to train and time consuming. So why would any of those reasons undershadow a person's need for a pet?

  • Your child really, really, really (did I mention really?) wants a pet of his or her own.
  • You're lonely.
  • You don't want kids, and this is a close second.

  • You're hoping to impress your hot, animal-loving neighbor.

OK, that last one is more of a joke. When considering getting a pet, you need to think about the long term. That pet will probably be with you a lot longer than your neighbor.

Great Pets for the Bestially-Challenged

  • Beta Fish - What more could you ask for from a fish? Often touted as a great beginner fish, the beta is beautiful, can live in a small bowl, does not require a filter, produces little waste and are relatively inexpensive. You don't even need a standard fish bowl - if you have a wide-base vase or extra large mug laying around the house, your beta will be just fine. And there is no need for any of that fancy fish bowl adornment since Beta fish are naturally colorful and are their own decoration. Beta fish food is really inexpensive and they only need to eat once or twice a day. All of these conditions make this the ideal pet for people without money, time or patience for pets.
  • Guinea Pig - Part of the rodent family of animals, guinea pigs (along with gerbils and hamsters) are very easy to care for. If your child is not sold on the fish or you're looking for something a bit more cuddly, then a rodent is for you. They are pretty inexpensive, although you will need to purchase a cage with an exercise wheel and water bottle. But once you get them home, they spend most of their day in their cage, so the mess can be minimal. They are quiet animals, but beware that some are nocturnal and can be busy getting some exercise while you're busy trying to get some sleep - and I speak from experience that the spinning wheel is the last sound you want to hear at 3am. But I digress...
  • Older Cats - I did not mention a specific breed of cat, although some are better suited to families with children or the elderly - like Ragdolls or Tabbys. I mention older cats, because they are usually calmer and easier to take care of than kittens. Older cats are likely house-broken and don't do more than sleep a good part of the day. A visit to your local pound is a great place to start. Be sure to come prepared with questions to ask the staff about the cat to make sure you find a good match for your home. A cat that is trained to go to the bathroom outside is great because it eliminates the need to keep and maintain a litter box. But you will have to be available to let the cat outside from time to time. Cats need to eat twice a day and have clean water available for them throughout the day. If you are looking for a really low maintenance cat, try to find one with short hair that does not shed often, otherwise you will be vacuuming more than you'll like. Cats can make great companions and are very independent at that same time.

No Time, Patience or Money?

Pets to Avoid

  • Dogs - messy, loud and can be difficult to train.
  • Reptiles - specifically ones that eat live mice, outgrow their cages and have fangs.
  • Salt-water fish - tanks can be expensive and difficult to keep clean and maintain.
  • Bunnies and chicks - although cute, that is not a reason to get one for your niece, unless she lives on a farm.


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      ChinchillaLoverThat'sNeverHadOne 2 months ago

      What do I do if I really want a chinchilla but my dad doesn't like Chinchillas,since he calls them "Rats"?

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      Jeff 7 years ago

      Sorry, but no pet is the best pet for people who don't like animals.

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      ANimalLover 9 years ago

      Hi!THis was very interesting1 my mom does not like animals except dogs and cats but she finally got me a guinea pig!!

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      Blogger Mom 9 years ago from Northeast, US

      crazyhorsesghost - thanks for the comment! I hope your nephew likes the cat! =)

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      Thomas Byers 9 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Great Hub and great well researched subject. Sure gave me some ideals for a pet for my very active 6 year old nephew. An older cat for him just might work. Thanks

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      Blogger Mom 9 years ago from Northeast, US

      funnebone, thanks for the comment! =)

      neverontheleft - yes, I know all too well the nocturnal habits of the guinea pig. My roommate in college had one. We never got along and I suspect the guinea pig was to blame! ;)

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      neverontheleft 9 years ago

      Nice of you to include the nocturnal tidbit in with your guinea pig ad. I once thought I owned a mutant hamster. What did I do? I googled 'mutant hamster' and the very first hit said: "your hamster is not retarded, it's nocturnal". So my neurotic hamster that woke me up every night at 4am spinning around on his plastic tredmill was normal. For him. Not me.

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      funnebone 9 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      great idea about Guinea Pigs, they are smarter than hampsters and easier to find when your little sister has to take the blame for leaving the cage open.

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      Blogger Mom 9 years ago from Northeast, US

      Patty - I think it's so funny that the pet tiger stories we read about in the news all come from a large city...yeah, a tiny apartment is the perfect place to have a pet tiger! LOL...

      Raven - We had a fish disappear also, only to be found months later behind the tank as we were cleaning - yuck! I guess he was trying to escape to a better life?

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      Raven King 9 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Great hub! I like dogs but they smell. The fighting fish are beautiful but you can't let them look at the mirror because they attack their own reflection. Once I found the fish had jumped out of the bowl! Those kind of things are hard to admit. Let's keep that a secret.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      What do you mean tigers are not good pets? I must go right out tomorrow and purchase 20 of them. LOL

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      Blogger Mom 9 years ago from Northeast, US

      RainbowRec - thanks!! I had fun writing this, and although I like pets (grew up with dogs and cats) there is no way I'm gonna have one in my house with three kids - I clean up enough poop as it is. Maybe when the kids get older...I'll think about those hermit crabs! =)

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      Oh, Oh, I like it! I don't know how I turned on the italics (!) but I want to add Hermit Crabs! Really hearty pet for little ones - they learn quickly about pinching, that's for sure :o)