11 Low Maintenance Pets for Small Homes or Apartments

11 Low Maintenance Pets for Small Homes or Apartments

Just because you live in a small house or apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t keep pets. In fact, there are plenty of pets that would be a great choice for those with limited space. Also, all of these animals won’t require a lot of time and attention. This makes them the perfect choice for anyone with a busy job.


1. Guinea Pigs/ Hamsters

One of the most popular pets is Guinea pigs and hamsters. These are perfect for people with limited space, typically they will be just a few inches long. Because these are small animals, you will be able to keep them in a little cage. This also makes it easier for you to clean up after them. Another big bonus is that these animals sleep at night. Because of this, they will be able to play with your kids during the day. These are very gentle animals, so there is no chance that they will bite. This makes them a great choice for the whole family. Finally, these types of pets come in a range of colors, so you’ll be able to find one that you’ll love.[caption id="attachment_1274" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]

Sea Monkey

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2. Sea Monkeys

Most of us had sea monkeys in our youth. However, these are still popular today. This is because they are one of the most low maintenance pets in the world. In this case, you’ll need to feed them once every second day. Then, just keep the aquarium clean. That’s all you need to do. Also, you don’t need to worry about transporting them. They come as eggs in a bag. Sprinkle the eggs into the aquarium, and wait a few days for them to hatch.[caption id="attachment_1275" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]


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3. Spiders

For some people, spiders are associated with horror movies. But, if you can get over these fears, they can make great pets. There are a few reasons for this. First, they are small. You’ll often just need a small tank or box to keep them in. Depending on the species, you might be able to fit this box on a bookshelf. Also, they are very easy to take care of. You might need to feed them once every few days. You might want to allow your spider to hunt around the house for their own food. Or you can buy bugs from the local pet store.There are plenty of species for you to choose from. This will make it easy for you to find the perfect one for you. Depending on how you go, you might want to grow out your collection, adding multiple species. You’re sure to get some great reactions when you show your pets to your friends and family.

Leopard Gecko

4. Gecko

Another type of pet that you might want to consider is a Gecko or other type of small lizard. In this case, the most important thing is to get the enclosure set-up properly. This means ensuring that the lights are in the right place and it’s the right temperature. You might be able to find online resources to help you get this area set-up properly. If purchasing from a pet store, the attendants will often be able to give you some advice. After their enclosure is established, it will be easy for you to take care of these pets. You’ll just need to feed them occasionally. Also, most lizards and Geckos love to be handled. In some cases, they might even like to venture out of the enclosure and explore your home.

Ant Farm

5. Ant Farms

Another unique idea is to put in an ant farm. These are ideal for people who don’t have a lot of space to dedicate to pets. The farm can be put on a shelf or table and you won’t need to worry about it. Also, it’s very low maintenance. In this case, you’ll just need to add a small amount of water and sugar. They can also be useful, helping you get rid of any dead bugs. Many people enjoy watching the ants burrow through the dirt through the glass tanks, creating an intricate series of tunnels. There are plenty of kits that you can get, making setting up the ant farm easy.


6. Pet Mice

If you don’t have a lot of space available, mice might be the solution. These are small creatures, which will only require a tiny cage. Also, they are very easy to care for. You’ll just need to top up the food and water occasionally. When you’re setting up the cage, you’ll want to make sure that you have some things that will keep them entertained. There are plenty of toys that you can try. For example, you might want to stuff a cardboard roll with paper. They will love trying to burrow inside it. You might even want to put in a tiny hammock, which they can climb into and relax.The other good thing about a mouse is that they love to socialize with humans. When you take them out of their cage, they won’t hesitate to climb all over you. Make sure to be careful with them though, you don’t accidentally want to hurt them.


7. Rabbits

One of the cutest animals on this list, the rabbit can make a great choice for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space. In this case, you’ll just need to get a cage. They tend to sleep for a long time. In most cases, they will doze for up to eight hours a day. However, if you ever want a cuddle, they’ll be happy to oblige. They are the perfect size for climbing into your arms for a pat. They tend to be very easy to care for. In most cases, they’ll just need some hay or a carrot or apple occasionally. You might even want to leave them free to explore the house. There are many types of species of rabbit for you to choose from. They can vary slightly in size and color. This will make it easy for you to find the perfect rabbit for your home.


8. Turtle

A turtle is the definition of easy to care for. In this case, you’ll just need to get the cage set-up. This often won’t take long. The most important aspect is to maintain the right water temperature and keeping the water clean. Once you do this, you won’t have any problems with the turtle. They won’t need to be fed often. In most cases, you’ll just need to feed them a few times per week. If you can do this, they’ll be able to live for a long time. In some cases, they’ll be able to last for 30 years. With many different species to choose from, you’ll be able to find the perfect variety for you.


9. Snakes

For some people, a snake might be the last thing that they want to have in their home. But if you get them a chance, you might find that they can be excellent pets. There are a few reasons for this. First, they are easy to care for. You’ll just need to give them a mouse or small bird every few days. You can find these at most pet stores. Also, they don’t require a large enclosure.If this is your first time keeping snakes, it’s recommended that you start with a species that will be easy to care for. This can include things like the corn snake or the boa python. These won’t be too aggressive and will typically allow you to handle them if you want to.[caption id="attachment_1277" align="aligncenter" width="860"]

Dwarf Frog

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10. Dwarf Frogs

A dwarf frog is another excellent low maintenance aquatic animal. They are very easy to care for. You’ll just need to get the tank set-up, changing the water every few weeks. They eat small bugs, which you can get from the local pet store. Because they only reach one and a half inches when fully grown, they’ll be able to live in a smaller aquarium. Also, these frogs can be added to get an existing aquarium and will be able to get along with most fish species and other frogs.[caption id="attachment_1278" align="aligncenter" width="645"]

British Shorthair Cats


11. British Shorthair Cats

Finally, you might want to consider getting a British Shorthair cat. These are the perfect cats for small apartments and houses. They won’t be high energy, so you won’t need to give them a lot of exercise. They will want to spend time with you, without wanting to lie in your lap. They will typically get along fairly well with most dogs and won’t have problems with small children. If you ever need to leave, they’ll be happy to keep themselves occupied until you get back. Because they have short hair, you will just need to brush them once every few weeks.


Even though you might have limited space, there is still plenty of pets that you can keep in your apartment. These range from anything from a spider or snake, to a cat or turtle. Hopefully, these suggestions have given you some ideas on how you can keep a pet in a small area.