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The Best Pets To Own In A Small Apartment

Updated on April 2, 2011





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There are very many small pets that are suitable for a small apartment. Probably the best choice is the obvious fish, they can be in a simple fish bowl or an elaborate tank. Hermit crabs are also a great choice, they require very little maintenance are are pretty inexpensive.

The next pet that would be suitable for a small spaces are rodents. That includes mice, hamsters, rats, gerbils and guinea pigs. They are all inexpensive pets and pretty easy to care for.

Birds are another answer for your small space, there are many breeds to choose from. The most popular of bird species are cockatiels, finches, love birds, parrots and Macaws. Before you make the choice of the bird that might be right for you please note that a large bird like the Macaw and Parrot have a very long life span (50-70 years) and require a lot of attention, They are a lifelong commitment! Do not purchase these birds if you are not willing to commit to the care that they require. I also would not recommend these large birds for a small space as they take up a lot of space with their large cages.

Some more great pets for small spaces are reptiles, though they are not for everyone. Some popular choices would include snakes, Iguanas, lizards, geckos, chameleons, skinks, and bearded dragons. These pets require only a very small space for their habitat and are very easy to care for. They only need their tanks or cages cleaned and fed adequately.

Amphibians- Frogs, newts, salamanders, turtles, crocodiles, and alligators. I think that it is obvious that crocodiles and alligators should not be considered when you live an a small space. These animals start out small enough but quickly grow to huge sizes. Frogs, newts, salamanders and turtles require minimal living space and are easy to care for.

The next pet that would be suitable for a small space is rodents. This would include rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas and ferrets. These are great pets, a little more cuddly than a reptile, fish and amphibian. These are all relatively small pets that don't need a lot of room and are easy to care for.

Now if you are ready for even more cuddly pets here are a few more. Cats, yes, they are a great pet. they require very little maintenance, don't need to be walked and can be trained to use the litter box so that you don't have to take them outside to go to the bathroom.

If cats are not the animal for you a small breed dog may be the thing. Not all small dogs are great for small spaces though, some are high energy and need to able to be outside. A rat terrier for example is a very small breed but has high energy, they do not make a good pet for small spaces.

The best thing to do is research, research, research. There are many sources out there to help you chose the right pet for you. Here's a few links that wil help you get started.


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    • carolp profile image


      7 years ago from Switzerland

      I love pets. I have a dog, a rabbit. I want to have a fish aquarium, maybe later. Thanks for the informations.

    • WillSteinmetz profile image


      7 years ago

      I love a little pet, Like that, Great hub.

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      8 years ago

      the image of the goldfish in the article shows them in a round bowl. from my experience they tend to get crazy and jump out of the bowl.

    • VacationAustralia profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      I love the Gecko. When I lived in Darwin we always allowed them inside, and usually had a dozen or so! Greatest mosquito catcher in the world!

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      9 years ago

      how about rabbits?

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      10 years ago from Northern California

      Great idea for a Hub. There are a lot of small pets that are great for apartments. I do have a hamster and a fish. I still have to have my kitties though!

    • gwendymom profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      I think hermit crabs would be a great pet to own! Not much responsibility, that's what I'd like about it.

    • Moon Daisy profile image

      Moon Daisy 

      10 years ago from London

      I love the idea of a pet hermit crab. I've also been toying with the idea of pet frogs on and off, I really like frogs and toads!

      Great hub!

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      Research Analyst 

      10 years ago

      How cute I like the photos and watching fish swim have always been a favorite pass time o mine. Thanks


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