Dogs and cats aren’t for everyone. We get it. They can be time-consuming, messy, and expensive to care for. Not to mention, most of them shed a lot. Cats and dogs aren’t your only options when it comes to apartment pets, though. Here are just a few unique apartment pet alternatives that may be a better fit for you and your lifestyle.
Hedgehogs have been increasing in popularity recently, and it’s easy to see why. For starters, they’re adorable. Aside from their cuteness, hedgehogs can make great apartment pets for practical reasons. Their small size means they fit perfectly into any apartments, so they’re a great choice if you’re looking for a pet that won’t take up too much space. They’re quiet animals for the most part, though they can be known to make a soft “purring” noise when content. Hedgehogs don’t require daily exercise and they’re comfortable with being alone for long periods of time, so they’re a good choice for someone with a busy lifestyle.
Fish may not be the most interactive of all pets, but they do provide many benefits, specifically when it comes to mental health. Aquariums filled with colorful, bright fish provide soothing stimuli for stressed-out eyes, and they can reduce both your blood pressure and your heart rate. They also typically require a filter running at all times, which creates a relaxing “white noise” sound effect in your home. As an added bonus, fish tanks can add an aesthetically pleasing focal point for any room’s decor.
Leopard Geckos make great pets for kids and adults. They’re not the most cuddly of creatures, but they can still be great companions. They’re interesting to observe, and they do enjoy being held if done so in a gentle manner. Leopard Geckos live in terrariums and are easy to care for. They can also live for up to 20 years, so be sure you’re ready for a long-term commitment before bringing one home.
They’re tiny, cute, and don’t require much work. When considering an apartment pet, hamsters check all the boxes (or at least, most of them). Hamsters may have a reputation for being a “child’s pet,” but don’t be so quick to disregard them as a great apartment companion. They enjoy being held and cuddled (in small doses), and they love to play with toys, which can make for some great entertainment. Hamsters are an ideal pet for someone who just wants to spend a little time with their animal as opposed to a dog or cat who demands more constant attention.