A bunny. Rabbits are naturally quiet, sweet and love to bond with their humans. You can set a bunny up in an x-pen (about 4'x8') and then when you are home and can supervise, you can allow him to run around the apartment. Bunnies can be litter box trained (neutering/spaying helps.) They eat hay and fresh veggies, and while they do require more attention than a cat, they are less work than having a dog. Check with your local House Rabbit Society about the ins and outs of adopting a bunny.
I think reptiles are the quietest, most contained, or fish. But I will take a bigger louder dog any day and just consider the work the price for companionship.
Our little dog is a Maltipoo. She would be perfect in an apartment. She is trained to go on a puppy pad. We put two pads side by side behind a screen and we pick up poo as needed with a bit of tissue and flush. (We live in a house, but she would be just as happy in an apartment.) She gets plenty of exercise, chasing and retrieving her little stuffed toys. I wrote a hub about her, she is so special and unique. Her father is a miniature poodle and her mother is a Maltese. My choice (if we didn't have Daisy) would be a rag doll cat. Cats are so easy to care for and seem quite content in an apartment.
A bird - one that doesn't make too much noise. They are caged and easy to keep. I have a love bird in my apartment. I also wrote a hub on him.
If you want something soft and cuddly, I'd suggest a cat. If you don't care if you can't play with them, a lot of tropical fish are easy to care for. However, if you decide on getting fish, be sure to check with your landlord even if the rent agreement says you can have them. Some landlords will set a maximum size for the tank, especially if you don't live on the ground floor. Imagine your poor downstairs neighbor waking up to a shower through the ceiling if your 100 gallon tank springs a leak.
Keep in mind that salt water aquariums require a lot of work and maintenance and can't be left alone for more that a couple of days at most. Finding a competent sitter can be next to impossible & a friend probably won't know enough to do it well.
I don't think a cat is a great idea if your apartment is small. Cats need lots of exercise, too, and it can be dangerous to let cats play outside on their own. If you want a cat, consider "leash training" it to take it for walks (yes, it is possible!). Dogs, on the other hand, can be loud and cause neighbors to complain - if you have a quiet little dog, go for it. Otherwise, I'd suggest a small animal. Rats are really great pets. Maybe a ferret?
It is actually better to have 2 cats as they can play together rather than destroying things out of boredom. Cats can be trained in almost every way that a dog can bit it is more difficult. If walking a cat outside avoid areas that may hold fleas.
I would say a cat. They are quiet and clean. If you get a dog, make sure it is a small one. How about fish???
Personally I would suggest a cat, but perhaps idealistically some fish may be more fitting.
Depends on what your apartment will allow, but cats are the general concensus as to what you can have in an apartment. When I looked into apartments, cats were just about the only pet allowed. Be sure to check to make sure that tanks are allowed in your apartment if you consider a reptile, herp, or fish.
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