5 Low-Maintenance Pets to Consider

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Low maintenance pets are wonderful in that they enable you to have warmth and something to care for in your home without requiring much effort. While you may want a pet, you may not have unlimited time or funds to dedicate to an animal. Fortunately, there are several pets out there that require minimal effort. Prior to choosing a pet, thoroughly research its diet, exercise and other needs. The following are a few low-maintenance pets to consider.

1. Cats

As a whole, cats are mainly self-sufficient. Very rarely do you need to groom or exercise a cat. Feeding a cat is as simple as providing fresh water and food once or twice a day. Unless you have several cats, you most likely will not need to clean a litter box more than every few days. Caring for a cat is made even easier by automatic litter box cleaners and water and food dispensers, meaning that you may not have to do anything daily for the cat’s care.

2. Fish

Fish are fed once a day and require no walking or other daily exercise. Provided the filter and other tank components are working properly, you should not have to clean the tank more than once a month. However, it is smart to keep your tank small and not purchase too many fish, as this will keep the amount of effort you must expend on their behalf to a minimum.

3. Elderly Dogs

An elderly dog needs little exercise and will often eat very little because they are no longer expending much energy. Choose an elderly dog that does not need to be washed frequently, such as a small poodle to eliminate the need for regular baths. Also make sure that the dog does not have significant dental problems to eliminate the need for cleanings more than once a year. However, be aware that elderly dogs can have medical or other problems that could become quite time and money consuming.

4. Small Birds

You may be surprised by how much joy a single small bird can provide. Such a bird requires only a small cage and changing of newspaper and food every few days. Small birds require no exercise and, depending on the bird, may be let out of their cage without causing much damage to your furniture or other belongings. Birds are the perfect pet for those who travel frequently, as their care takes less than ten minutes, does not have to be daily, and can be done by almost anyone.

5. Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Gerbils

These small mammals are confined to a cage, requiring no exercise. Caring for them requires only daily feedings and weekly cage changes. However, cleaning their cages could be a production depending on the number and size of the pet. Additionally, these animals can smell, meaning you may need to change their cage more frequently. Overall, though, by just needing daily feedings and weekly cage cleanings, these animals can provide entertainment and affection without much effort.

There are many pet options for those that desire one but cannot or do not want to put much effort into their care. Prior to choosing a pet, thoroughly consider what you want in a pet and how much time and energy you are willing to dedicate to their upkeep.

6 Responses to “5 Low-Maintenance Pets to Consider”

  1. July 01, 2010 at 10:11 pm, Bunny said:

    It actually isn’t advisable to leave rabbits confined in their cages 24/7, as rabbits are actually very social animals that need just as much excercise as other animals. It is also considered inhumane by some to leave rabbits (or chinchillas and guinea pigs for that matter) in cages with wire floors for extensive periods of time, unless there are covered areas for the animals to rest their feet. If the animals are exposed to the wires of the floor they may develope sore hocks and this will cause the animal severe pain. Although smaller animals are great for apartments, you shouldn’t tell people that they can just stuff them in a cage and feed them.


  2. September 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm, Bayle said:

    Agreed, Bunny. This is some misguided pet advice, for sure. I have a pet rabbit, and it is a big responsibility and commitment.


  3. November 06, 2011 at 5:17 pm, Lisa said:

    This article is misleading and is not good advice for people interested in having a pet.


  4. August 10, 2012 at 11:26 am, Klupduck said:

    Cats?!? Cats are low-maintenance? Elderly dogs? They’re low-maintenance if you are cool just leaving puddles of pee and poo laying about. This person needs some petucation.


  5. August 27, 2012 at 5:43 am, Sierra said:

    Its a great idea to give a caged pet no exercise if you want a miserable pet that becomes horribly aggressive every time you clean its cage. If you’re looking for a pet that you can just throw food to every now and then just get a mouse or lizard, let it loose in your apartment and throw food out every day for it.
    This is a terrible list, the only low maintenance animal is fish and that still depends on the type of fish and the amount of money you want to spend on a tank to avoid constantly cleaning it.
    I’ve had a lot of pets and a few that I wasn’t prepared for. EVERY caged pet needs attention, handling and exercise or it WILL become aggressive- whether it’s a bird, reptile, or mammal.
    Elderly dogs get sickly easily and quickly and not giving them love, attention and exercise is a sure way to make their last years miserable for everyone.


  6. December 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm, Pet owner said:

    The webmaster should remove this poorly written pile of misinformation. If you want something living in your home that is low maintenance, try a cactus.


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