By: Emily Wheeler
We certainly don’t need to list the reasons why owning a pet is a great idea, but we do know that if you have a busy life, owning a pet may be overwhelming. Luckily, there are many low maintenance pets if you are still looking to cuddle up with, look at, or adore a cute animal.
Here are our top 7 best low maintenance pets.
Taking care of a hamster is easy once they have the proper cage. Hamsters are generally loving and docile animals but are very curious making them fun to watch. Putting down bedding, such as paper bedding which absorbs urine will ensure that you won’t need to worry about their bathroom needs as routinely as you would with a dog. The best part? Hamsters are sold at almost all pet stores!
If you claim that you are not a “cat person”, have you ever tried owning a cat? Cats are actually pretty independent and self-sufficient creatures. While they tend to go off exploring and enjoy their alone time, don’t leave your kitty for too long. Cats still secretly love human interaction whether they show it or not.
Ahh, the goldfish. Generally, the most low maintenance pet of all. Makes sense why it is usually a child’s first pet, right? Taking care of a goldfish is incredibly easy. While it is a myth that goldfish can survive long-term in a small tank without a filter, they can handle a normal fishbowl while you’re getting set up. Fortunately, there’s not much more you need to do besides occasionally clean the tank and feed ‘em.
If you are looking for a pet that will be as happy to see you as you are to see them, a guinea pig is a great option. They are known for “popcorning”, where they jump in the air from excitement- cute, right? Also, guinea pigs are relatively easy to take care of. Similar to hamsters and mice, they do not require much more than a proper cage with straw, food, and water.
Ever heard of them? The sea monkey, created in 1957 as a hybrid of the brine shrimp is a great low maintenance pet that you can actually grow yourself! They must be fed about once a week, making them very easy to take care of.
Although a snake may sound like a scary pet to own to some, they are a very good option if you are looking for a low maintenance pet. All they need is a warm tank, some foliage, and some mice or rats to feast on every few weeks, depending on their size and breed. (So maybe don’t have both a snake and a mouse as your choice of low maintenance pets… sounds a bit contradicting)
Last but not least, a bird is a beautiful option for a low maintenance pet. In fact, you can choose the type of bird that works best for you. Some smaller birds don’t require much human interaction while others do. What’s also fun is that some birds are able to learn and interact similar to how a dog can!
Do any of these pet’s interest you? While these are great options if you’re looking for a low maintenance pet, please know that there is a difference between low maintenance and no maintenance. Please do not get one of these top 7 low maintenance pets if it will not receive appropriate, researched care.