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Top Pets For Apartment Living

Updated on October 1, 2017

Small Pets (Rodents)

Rodents often slide under the radar when it comes to having them as pets in apartments, most landlords don't care if you have pets like hamsters, gerbils, rats, and mice. They don't expect these small creatures to cause any property damage or become a nuisance to your neighbors. As long as you keep up with cage cleanings your fuzzy little friends shouldn't be a problem to keep in your apartment.

This includes hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, sugar gliders, and sometimes rabbits even though rabbits aren't technically rodents. As long as your small friend can't cause any damage to your apartment, make offending noises or smells that may cause your neighbors to complain then they should be perfectly fine as apartment pets.



Fish are great pets for apartments. Usually fish don't even count as "pets" where your landlord is concerned so they don't mind if you have them. You can have quite a few fish in one tank if its large enough, they make colorful and entertaining pets. Watching fish swim around in their peaceful aquariums has been said to help relax you and can lower your blood pressure as well.

You can have more than a fish in a fish tank including things like snails, shrimp, and aquatic frogs. As long as you keep it clean and have enough room you can have just about anything in your fish tank and your landlord won't care. Since fish don't usually count as pets on your lease you don't have to pay a deposit of any sort for them. They are fairly low maintenance and fun pets to keep that can even help improve your health.



Depending on the bird you may or may not be able to have one in an apartment. Parrots tend to be noisy and can be destructive if left out of their cage and untended. Usually small birds like parakeets or finches are accepted because they aren't quite as noisy as their larger cousins. Depending on the size of your cage you can have a few feathered friends to share your space with and to help cheer you up after a long day or night at work,


Cats and Small Dogs

Some apartments will allow you to have a cat or small dog to keep as a companion. These pets are most likely to cause property damage so you may be required to have your pets fixed and your cat declawed, also expect to have to pay a pet deposit. Often times you have to pay a set price for each dog or cat living with you in the apartment so plan for that accordingly.

Potty training and a clean litter box is essential with these pets, Your neighbors may love your fluffy little friends but they don't want to smell them, or have their fur creep out of your apartment and into the halls so keep those floors cleaned too. Cats and dogs are the most high maintenance pets on this list, but well worth the effort.


Snakes, Reptiles, and Other Tank Pets

Snakes and other reptiles and amphibians also make good apartment pets because they are fairly low maintenance and pose little to no threat to your apartment. Often times these critters don't count on your lease as pets either so your landlord won't charge you for them or make you get rid of them because they are very unlikely to ruin your carpets or scratch up your walls.

This list includes Snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, toads, and hermit crabs. Make sure you keep those lids closed on the snake tanks, none of your neighbors want to wake up to your escaped python in their kitchen in the morning, same goes with lizards. If your pet can cause your neighbors any sort of trouble they can and will complain about it, so don't give them the chance and keep a lid on things, literally!


As long as your honest with your landlord about any pets you may have and you make sure that your pets don't cause any damage to your apartment or annoy your neighbors you're pretty much good to go with anything off this list as long as you clear it with your landlord first, and keep those cages and litter boxes clean! This will keep everyone happy and ensure that you don't get any complaints from your neighbors.


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    • cactusbythesea profile image

      cactusbythesea 5 years ago from Seattle

      Good guide! Some landlords may have a concern with large fish tanks (due to fears about leaks), but very few people will have a tank that is big enough to be a problem. Nicely done hub.

    • nanderson500 profile image

      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I live in an apartment have a small dog. Good information here.