Even though many prospective apartment renters think the possibility of owning a pet is slim to none, it’s simply far from the truth. Animal lovers have plenty of choices, as long as the pet or pets chosen are cared for properly, the apartments are pet friendly, and a large living space is not required. You don’t want to take in a furry friend and end up finding another home later on. Here are some pets for apartments to consider if you’re thinking about making an addition to your home:
Small and Furry Animals
Small animals that require nominal care, such as hamsters, guinea pigs and gerbils, are great in an apartment living situation. They’re cute, playful and enjoy being petted. While there are still certain levels of care required, small animals like these are quiet and only require a clean cage, minimal exercise and fresh fruit or vegetables for food.
All you need to keep a fish as a pet is a tank or fishbowl. They’re small, and if you have a freshwater species, they’re the easiest pet to care for. Fish aren’t usually considered pets, so they’re normally allowed in an apartment, unless you’re looking to add a large aquarium. Fish are great visually pleasing, and they create a calming ambiance to apartment living.
Birds are a bit more high maintenance than other pets, but they’re intelligent, interactive and playful, making them perfect for apartment living. They don’t require a lot of space, because they’ll be spending time inside their cage. If you’re willing to take the time and care, cockatiels, lovebirds, parrotlets and budgies are great options.
Dogs and cats
Dogs and cats require a lot of care from their owners, like regular visits to the vet, but most smaller breeds of cats and dogs are ideal for apartment living. They generally adapt well in apartment, but you’ll need to research each breed to determine which one suits your lifestyle. Most pet deposits and pet rent pertain to dogs and cats, and consider the fact most landlords and apartment communities have some type of weight limit.
As you can see, becoming a pet owner in an apartment living lifestyle is possible. Be considerate of your neighbors, and choose a pet that’s not noisey. Your apartment can be a great home if your pet fits well with your family and falls within the guidelines of your lease.