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Pets are amazing. Dogs are wonderful companions and man’s best friend! Cats are cuddly, adorable, can be great for kids, and are certainly a favorite of many. But, what if you don’t have enough space or time to commit to a dog and their exercise and training needs? And what if you’re allergic to cats? What do you do – are you just going to give up having pets, forever? Thankfully, there are a lot of other cool pets that are easy to take care of – the kind of pets that don’t always need a lot of time or commitment – or space!
Today, we are going to talk about all the different types of cool pets that are easy to take care of. This way, you can have a ton of different options to choose from – so you don’t need to give up on having pets at all. We’ll be giving you a list of different pets that are rather low maintenance as well, so you can have a pet even if you’re terribly busy and short for time!
Remember, however, that even low-maintenance pets still require love and attention. Please consider not getting a pet if you know that you won’t be able to give it the proper care and attention that it needs and deserves.
Before We Begin
Of course, before we even begin talking about these pets, we first want to touch on a thing or two. As humans, we have been domesticating animals for millennia in order to keep them as pets and companions. However, not everyone is cut out to be a pet owner. Some people may find it overwhelming – and because of this, it is generally best to start small instead of jumping right into things with a dog or a cat, for example. Being a pet parent certainly requires a ton of time and commitment, as well as care, responsibility, and of course, money.
Please do not get a pet if you know that you either don’t have the time or the money to commit to its care. Because of this, we recommend not getting dogs, birds, cats, or even fish right away if you are a first time owner. Those animals in particular require near constant attention and care, and can instantly overwhelm somebody who has never had a pet before.
With all of that said, it’s time to talk about all of the various cool pets that are easy to take care of! Hopefully, you can find one that will pique your interest and fit your budget.
Top 6 Cool Pets That Are Easy to Take Care Of
This list isn’t exactly arranged in any specific order – it’s not a ranking list. So do feel free to get any pet that piques your interest!
1. Sea Monkeys
We’re sure that you’ve heard of sea monkeys before. The simple fact is, if you want a cool pet, and one that is incredibly, amazingly low maintenance… sea monkeys are the answer. It truly does not get any more low-maintenance than these little critters! Fact is, sea monkeys are insanely cheap to get started with, unbelievably low-maintenance for even the busiest of people, and have practically no upkeep costs as well. This is a lazy pet owner’s dream!
Sea monkeys can live up to an average of 2 years, and the average adult sea monkey is around ¾ of an inch in size. These sea monkeys, or artemia salina (scientific name), are herbivores that are extremely easy to take care of. In fact, the most you really have to do for sea monkeys is setting their tank up. After that, all you need to worry about is making sure that you feed them once a week. You’ll also have to keep an eye out for any unfavorable conditions in the tank that may negatively affect the sea monkeys. Beyond that…not much else is necessary.
As for upkeep costs, you would be surprised but you literally do not need to pay much after the initial purchase! When you buy your sea monkey kit, all of their food is usually already included as well.
Although you do not need much beyond the initial kit, you can also snag some some extras. Some people who are sea monkey obsessed can get stuff like banana treats, medicine, growth stimulators, and even mating powder. However, there are even more accessories out there that you can look for and try if you do invest in a kit.
2. Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, or the gromphadorhina portentosa, is one pet that isn’t for the faint of heart. They are herbivores that can live up to an average of 1-3 years, with adults of the species growing up to three inches in length.
Unfortunately, if you’re not a big fan of creepy crawlies or cockroaches turn your stomach, you may simply want to skip over this potential pet altogether.
However, there are many good reasons why Madagascar hissing cockroaches make great pets. For example, they are really cheap when it comes to upkeep. As a matter of fact, they won’t even cost you that much monthly because you can simply give them your leftovers. These insects will happily eat apples, lettuce, overripe fruit, carrots, and similar leftovers and vegetables!
Madagascar hissing cockroaches have also earned their spot on this list of the cool pets that are easy to take care of because, well… they are extremely easy to take care of! In order to keep one as a pet, all you need is an aquarium to use for their habitat. Ensure that this tank is properly ventilated and you basically have everything you need to start! Madagascar hissing cockroaches don’t need a lot of space or effort either.
Give these little critters a chance – you never know, you might actually end up loving them! However, if they give you the creeps too much, you may want to consider the other pets on this list.
3. Garden Snails
Yep! Your regular garden variety snail (get it?). The garden snail, or helix aspersa, is a fantastic pet that certainly deserves its spot on this list of cool pets that are easy to take care of. The average adult garden snail is only 1.5 inches in size, but they can live up to 5 years if you take proper care of them. They are also herbivores, and are extremely cheap to maintain!
As an added bonus for those who don’t particularly care about slime, is the fact that snails generally enjoy being handled. In fact, they will probably respond rather well to you handling them! What’s even better is the fact that if you don’t want to handle them, they’re also perfectly happy with being left alone. Just put them in a habitat (aquarium/tank) with plenty of hiding places. Also, line the tank with moss or peat in order to best imitate their natural habitats.
Snails are also extremely easy to feed – just give them fresh fruit, pieces of veggies, and a calcium source (natural chalk, for example). That’s all they really need – doesn’t that sound like they’re extremely easy to care for?
Remember, however, to make sure that all food you give to your snail is free of any pesticides. Wash any and all food before you even consider giving it to your pet snail, because a lot of produce can contain pesticides that will be fatal. Yes, even the organic produce!
4. African Dwarf Frog
Yep, a frog indeed has made it to this list of cool pets that are easy to take care of! It’s true, frogs are extremely low maintenance and make great pets for people who don’t have a lot of time or money to commit. African dwarf frogs, known scientifically as the hymenochirus curtipes, can live up to five years as long as you properly take care of them. They’re rather small, only about 1.25 inches long as adults.
In contrast to many of the pets we have mentioned on this list, African Dwarf Frogs are omnivores, meaning they will eat greens/vegs and stuff like insects too. They are quite cheap to maintain, costing you on average only about seven dollars a month. However, although these frogs are cheap and easy to maintain, remember that it is necessary to invest some time to researching how to take proper care of them. Fortunately, you only really need to learn all of this information once. Once you know everything, you’ll surely have a great pet that you will enjoy, especially since they’re so easy to care for!
African Dwarf Frog Habitats
One thing that may deter you from owning this pet is the fact that its habitat is slightly more high maintenance than other pets on this list. African dwarf frogs are amphibians, which means they live underwater. However, they still will need to be able to breathe air by breaching the water’s surface. Therefore, you’ll need a mid size tank that has clean (and filtered!) water. Also, you might want to get these animals in pairs, because they do best if they have a companion.
Handling African Dwarf Frogs
These frogs are unfortunately rather delicate (considering how tiny they are!), which means that they won’t respond all too well to being handled. Therefore, you are going to want to leave them alone as much as possible in order to keep them in good health. They’re very expressive and extremely fun to watch, though!
5. Leopard Gecko
Does it really come as a surprise that a lizard has made it to this list of cool pets that are easy to take care of? Lizards come in a variety of sizes and beautiful colors. The leopard gecko, scientific name eublepharis macularius, is a fantastic pet that can live as long as 20+ years (yep, decades!). They can grow anywhere from 6 to 9 inches long. These geckos eat insects, so you will need to buy some feeder insects regularly. However, the monthly cost of these lizards will drop down to around five to twenty dollars after your first year.
A lot of people have started keeping lizards as pets in recent years and modern times. This is because lizards are generally chill pets that often love being handled (once they are familiar with you), while also being extremely low maintenance. There are a ton of different types of lizards that people love keeping as pets, and the leopard gecko in fact is just one of them. They make fantastic pets because they are tame and can be handled quite easily. Also, they can’t set off running as fast as other lizards can because they aren’t equipped with sticky pads on their toes like other geckos are.
Feeding these reptiles is easy – you just need to purchase insects and mealworms from the pet store regularly. Their habitat doesn’t need to be huge either – you can put them in a vivarium (essentially a cage for reptiles).
Leopard Gecko Habitat
Your leopard gecko’s vivarium needs a few things: climate control (humidity and heat will need to be controlled!), as well as a lot of hiding places. However, you will be glad to know that once initial setup is completed, it is extremely easy to take care of your pet.
6. Guinea Pigs
We can’t possibly make a list of cool pets that are easy to take care of without mentioning guinea pigs! These little animals can live up to about 8 years as long as you take care of them properly. They grow up to a maximum of 11 inches long, which means that you will need to get an enclosure that can accommodate them. Guinea pigs are herbivores, so feeding them is easy (they will happily live off of hay supplemented with some fresh fruit and vegetables weekly).
Guinea pigs are a rather expensive option when compared to the other pets on this list, but you’ll be getting an adorable furry little thing in exchange! When familiar with you, guinea pigs love being handled. What’s great is they make an excellent alternative if you want a dog but can’t quite get one. They aren’t exactly like dogs, of course, but they have their own unique qualities that make them amazing pets.
Guinea pigs have many loving characteristics and traits that make them great companions. Children and adults alike can choose to keep these animals (rodents) as pets. In general, cavies are excellent starter pets, especially for families that are trying to teach their children responsibility. Often, families will start with guinea pigs before eventually committing to dogs or cats!
Quick Guinea Pig Info
Although guinea pigs are a bit more expensive than the other pets on this list, the fact is that they make excellent pets that are certainly low maintenance. Make sure you have a habitat that is adequate in size (minimum 7.5sqft for one guinea pig) and is also well ventilated. Offer plenty of clean water and food, as well as some hiding places for privacy.
Here’s a tip – when you first bring your cavy home, leave them alone for a couple of days to let them acclimate to their new surroundings. Then, you can begin getting them used to you. You just need to get them familiar with you, and you’ll soon realize that cavies are amazingly cuddly and affectionate!
Plus, guinea pigs are adorable… what more do you really need to know?
Starting costs with guinea pigs could be in the couple hundred dollar range. Upkeep monthly can be anywhere from 30 to 60 dollars. This is because bedding can cost quite a lot! Oh, and on the subject of bedding.. don’t use cedar or pine shavings. These can be toxic to your cavies! Ideally, you want to use a paper-based bedding instead. Also, you don’t want enclosures that are multiple stories high. Guinea pigs don’t usually utilize vertical space.
Guinea Pig Accessories and Extras
There are a ton of different accessories and extras that you can get for your cavy. In fact, we’re sure that many different pet shops out there have aisles and shelves dedicated entirely to everyone’s favorite rodent. However, you don’t always need to purchase these accessories from the store. You can use a small plant pot as a hide house, for example. You can also make a little fleece pouch for them to have as a cozy hiding spot. Just get creative! Do be careful not to put in any choking or strangling hazards, though!
There are so many different animals that make cool pets that are easy to take care of. This is the simple truth – and as a result, there are a ton of different pets that we haven’t been able to fit into this list! If none of the animals here pique your interest, take the time to do some research so you can find an animal that fits both your budget and your schedule.
However, if you want a pet that is the perfect balance between cheap, low maintenance, adorable, and affectionate… well – the guinea pig is certainly the perfect choice! Just remember to get a cage that is large enough to keep your cavy (or cavies) happy, healthy, and comfortable!