Pets for Apartments
I live in an apartment but would like to own a pet. I don’t want a cat. Are there any other pets that wouldn’t need a big yard?
There are a variety of acceptable pets for apartment living. Pocket pets, including mice and gerbils, make very nice pets. Many types of small lizards, snakes, fish and frogs make interesting pets as well. Birds are friendly and active pets. Rabbits can make good pets but require careful supervision, can be litter trained, and come in a variety of breeds and sizes.
Before you decide on a specific pet, be sure to research the housing and dietary needs for that animal. Many reptiles must have food in the form of live rodents or insects. Fish aquariums can be expensive to maintain. Birds and reptiles can have very long life spans, and birds, especially parrots, require lots of personal attention and interaction.
Some cities or landlords prohibit ownership of certain reptiles, amphibians and rodents. Check your local regulations and ordinances before purchasing any pet. This will decrease the possibility of purchasing illegal or endangered animals and many breeders and pet shops will give health guarantees.
Remember that every pet—whether a dog, cat, mouse, bird, or fish—needs daily attention, a quality diet, veterinary care, and social interaction.