As much as we love dogs and cats, we know they aren’t for everyone. Pups and kitties can be time-consuming, messy, and expensive. Plus, most of them shed. A lot. They aren’t your only options when it comes to apartment pets, though. If you’re curious about some other pet options out there, we can help. Here are a few apartment pet alternatives that may be a better fit for you and your lifestyle.
Besides being adorable, hedgehogs make great apartment pets for practical reasons. Thanks to their small size, they can fit into any apartment, which makes them a great choice for small space dwellers. They’re quiet animals for the most part, though they sometimes make a soft “purring” noise when happy (how cute is that?). Hedgehogs don’t require daily exercise, and they’re comfortable being alone for long periods of time, so they’re an ideal choice for someone with a busy lifestyle.
Fish aren’t the most interactive of all pets, but they do provide many benefits, specifically when it comes to mental health. Colorful, bright fish provide soothing stimuli for stressed-out eyes, which can reduce blood pressure and heart rates. Tanks require filters, which create a relaxing white noise sound effect in your home. Bonus: Fish tanks add an aesthetically pleasing focal point to any room in your home.
Leopard Geckos make great pets for kids and adults. Sure, they’re not the most cuddly of creatures, but they still make sweet companions. Geckos are interesting to observe, and they enjoy being held as long as you’re gentle. Just be sure that you’re ready for a long-term commitment before bringing one home — these guys can live up to 20 years.
Hamsters may have a reputation for being a “child’s pet,” but don’t be so quick to disregard them as an apartment companion. These rodents are tiny, cute, and low-maintenance. They love being held and cuddled. Plus, their playful attitudes make for wonderful home entertainment.
Guinea pigs also make great apartment pets due to their small size and low-maintenance care requirements. Similar to hamsters, they have a playful demeanor and sweet personalities. It’s hard not to fall in love with their little squeaks! They’re also far less likely to cause damage to any of your furniture than a rambunctious dog or cat.
Last but not least, hermit crabs are another good choice for apartment dwellers. These little crabs live in tanks, which won’t take up too much space. They aren’t very social, so hermits are best for those who’d rather observe than cuddle with their pet. That being said, they can be fascinating to observe.
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