What Animals Make Good Pets for Apartments?

Author: Alecia Pirulis


Even though many prospective renters believe the possibility of owning a pet is slim to none, it’s simply far from the truth. Animal lovers have plenty of choices when it comes to pets, as well as apartments that welcome them! No future pet owner wants to live in a place where pets aren’t allowed; find a pet-friendly apartment on Apartment Finder. Here are some pets to consider bringing into your home:

Small and Furry Animals

Small animals that require nominal care, such as hamsters, guinea pigs and gerbils, are great pets for apartment living! They’re cute, playful and enjoy being petted. While there are still certain levels of required care, small and furry animals like these are quiet and low-maintenance. They require a clean cage, minimal exercise and fresh produce for food.


When you get a fish, all you need is a bowl or tank and fish food. Fish come in a variety of sizes, which is how you determine the size aquarium you need. Freshwater species are the easiest to care for, and they make great additions to your household. Fish are visually pleasing and create a calming ambiance inside your apartment.


Birds are a bit more high maintenance than your average pets – but they’re intelligent, interactive and playful, which makes them ideal pets in rentals. They don’t require a lot of space since they live in a cage. If you’re willing to take the time to care for a bird, cockatiels, lovebirds, parrotlets and budgies are all great options.

Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats require a lot of care from their owners, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make great pets in apartments! They generally adapt well in apartments, but make sure you do research to determine which breed will suit your lifestyle. Most pet deposits and pet rent pertain to dogs and cats, and consider that some communities may have breed restrictions and weight limits. Many communities are becoming more pet-welcoming, adding pet parks and dog washing stations to their list of cool features and amenities.

As you can see, becoming a pet owner in an apartment is possible. Because dogs tend to bark, enroll your pet in some training classes to alleviate the noise – your neighbors will thank you. Your apartment can be a great home for pets. To adopt, click here.

Your apartment can be a great home if your pet fits in well with your family and falls within the guidelines of your lease. Start your pet-friendly apartment search today on Apartment Finder.