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Great pet ideas for college students and apartment dwellers. Read over 14,000 times!

Updated on September 8, 2014

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.

Smaller Choices-

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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    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      I used to breed and sell rabbits and I agree. I think they are totally underestimated as a quality pet. They are a lot of fun, and as you said, easy and cheap.

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      Yashera Jhumka 

      7 years ago

      This article shows that there are several animals that are ideals for a student. As a tertiary student, i would prefer to have a rabbit as they are dcocile, social and content and the most important thing is that they can be kept in cages. They are not so expensive as well as their food. whenever i have assignment i can just give the food to the rabbit and in my free time I can play with the pet.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Well, this is America and you have the right to be wrong. And yes you are wrong! I never said they were bad pets, and I do like snakes, that is why I own some. I also own a house and no those 3 are not always best for apartments! There are some on line reading comprehension courses that you might find helpful, and please do not swear on other people's blogs.

      Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      I think that it's kind of rude that you said spiders, scorpions, and snakes are bad pets just because you don't like them. I didn't know what do to when I moved out and couldn't have my dog, so I decided to get a companion for my apartment. I had rodents, but they just didn't work out because I can't stand squeaky wheels. Through trial and error, I got my snake and he's the best pet I've ever owned, so just because you don't necessarily like them, doesn't mean 'creepy crawlies' don't make good pets. They're super easy to care for, and cheaper than mammals, so in my humble opinion, they're actually some of the best apartment pets out there. Not to mention one hell of a conversation starter.


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