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10 Low-Maintenance Pets for Apartment Living

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You live in an apartment, and you want to get a pet, but you don’t want to do all the cleaning and maintenance that comes with having an outdoor cat or dog. You’re in luck—there are many pets that can thrive in apartment living without much difficulty on your part, which will make life easier for you both. Here are ten low-maintenance pets for apartment living.

1) Dogs


Dogs can make great pets for apartment living as long as you have a daily walk/run planned. This can also help reduce any destructive tendencies your dog may have while you’re away at work all day. Most apartment complexes will allow dogs, so check with your landlord to see if yours is one of them.

If your rental contract is agreeable, there are plenty of small breeds that won’t require much room or resources. A few good picks: Italian Greyhound, Maltese, and Dachshunds (on shorter leashes).

2) Fish


A pet fish is a great choice for apartment living. They’re low maintenance and easy to care for as long as you regularly clean their tank and feed them. If you keep an aquarium, consider adding some fake plants or using rocks to decorate your tank to give it a more natural look and make cleaning easier.

If you have kids, try teaching them how to take care of their pet fish by giving them each daily task to perform. Most species of fish only grow up to 8 inches, so they’re also a good choice if space is limited. And while they don’t make ideal pets if you want affection like dogs and cats can offer, they can be trained with positive reinforcement using food treats as rewards just like any other animal companion!

3) Birds


Birds are extremely low maintenance and can make great pets for apartment living. There are a wide variety of bird species that can make great apartment pets, including finches, parakeets, mynahs, parrots, cockatiels, and lovebirds.

These birds come in a wide range of shapes and sizes—for example, all lovebirds look alike but vary widely in size. Cockatiels, which are some of the most popular bird species kept as pets today because they’re easy to handle due to their small size (about 10 inches long), are also some of the quietest types.

Some larger birds like macaws might be easier to handle if you have room in your house or apartment for them to roam around while you go about your daily routine.

4) Assassin Snail

If you’re looking for a pet that won’t leave a mess, then an assassin snail might be for you. As their name suggests, these creatures have no problem getting rid of dead insects – and they do so very quickly. They also eat algae. While some people keep assassin snails as pets, others use them to maintain ponds and other bodies of water.

5) Rabbits


They can be trained to use a litter box and generally take care of themselves while you’re out. They’re very social and gentle, which makes them good companions. Their main requirements are companionship and regular meals—they like to graze on greens, which makes them easy pets for apartment living. If you have more than one rabbit, however, keep in mind that they should be spayed or neutered because they can get aggressive if they aren’t fixed.

6) Small Mammals

Small mammals like rats, mice, guinea pigs, and gerbils may seem like a natural fit for apartment living, but keep in mind that they tend to live longer than other pets—and eat more too. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, consider adopting an aquarium tank full of tropical fish instead.

7) Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs don’t require a lot of maintenance, which makes them an ideal choice for apartment living. They can be fed pellets, hay, and veggies and if you live in an apartment, you don’t have to worry about a backyard; they’re content as long as they can run around every now and then.

Because they’re social animals (they prefer to live in groups), think twice before you adopt two or more guinea pigs at once. In order to maintain optimal health, guinea pigs should be groomed regularly. Make sure your little friend has access to plenty of toys and other piggies; they need love too!

8) Rats

Rats make affectionate and cuddly pets, but they aren’t exactly low-maintenance. First of all, rats are nocturnal so you’ll need to make sure their area is dark enough at night so they can sleep. Rats also love to chew and will need toys made out of wood or other safe materials that fit in their cage. If you want a rat as a pet you’ll need to make sure your landlord approves, most won’t allow them as pets in an apartment building or rental property.

9) Hamsters


Though they’re not technically pets, dwarf hamsters make great apartment companions. They’re naturally low-maintenance and can live up to 4 years, meaning you don’t have to go through the heartbreak of giving them away when it’s time for you to move! The downside? They can bite—but if you’re used to living with roommates, that won’t be too much of a problem.

10) Gerbils

While these may seem like an odd choice for those living in apartments, gerbils make excellent pets. Gerbils are nocturnal, so they only make noise when their human companions are asleep—and they’re quieter than even cats and dogs. Another advantage: They don’t smell (they have a gland that helps them stay clean). And gerbils actually enjoy spending time with their humans!


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