Top 10 Low Maintenance Pets
Let’s face it, everyone loves pets. They often turn a bad day into a bright one and give you something to look forward to when you’re back from work, but some require a LOT more work than others.
Here’s a list of the Top 10 Low Maintenance Pets, perfect for those in smaller living spaces or just looking for a companion that doesn’t require too much work!
What actually makes a good low maintenance pet?
It’s a great question, and there are a few things to consider. The first one probably being size, if you’re living in an apartment you probably won’t be able to squeeze a Great Dane in there comfortably. Secondly, eating habits. For a pet to be low maintenance you don’t want to be going to the shops every other day after they’ve chomped through a week's worth of food in once sitting! And lastly we’ll look at companionship, after all you want a pet that’ll be there for you!
Just remember that low maintenance doesn’t mean you don’t have to care for them, these pets need loving too!
Without further ado, let’s begin!
10) Hermit Crabs
Hear me out on this one, you’re probably thinking who on earth would have a Hermit Crab as a pet, I thought the same. They are perhaps the lowest maintenance pet out there, in fact the only time you really have to devote to them is feeding every now and then and cleaning their tank, that’s it! They don’t like being handled but are quite entertaining to watch.
Despite not liking human contact, they love being around other Hermit Crabs so make sure to have 3-4 of them in the tank! It’s worth mentioning that they have a lifespan of up to 30 years too, perfect for a low maintenance pet!
The original “Pocket Pet”, hamsters are one of the best, low maintenance pets out there! With that being said they do require slightly more cleaning than other pets on this list, but they make up for it with their fluffiness!
Much like other pets, there are multiple breeds of hamsters, for example, you could go for: dwarf, Siberian, Chinese or Syrian hamsters! If you’re after a tiny size pet then the dwarf hamsters are a perfect fit, measuring around 3-4 inches, whilst the Syrian hamsters measure up to 6-7 inches.
Even though they live in cages, they still need their fair share of exercise but don’t worry, you won’t have to take them out for walks, simply add a wheel into their cage and they'll tire themselves out! Unlike most other pets, they are perfectly happy on their own so you won’t have to worry about two of the rascals (unless you want to!)
They need feeding 1-2 times per day and if you’re looking to treat them, then a fresh platter of fruit and veg will be a huge hit with your furry friend!
Coming in at number 9 on our list are the famous felines, cats. As most people agree, you’re either a cat or a dog person (we won’t judge, but dogs are definitely superior). Cats are a great low maintenance option for a pet, they’re often off doing their own thing and will occasionally pop in for some food and a stroke, but that’s about it!
They can be trained super easy to use the litter box so you don’t have to worry about anything like that, they’re just overall cute and adorable!
Cats are inherently lazy, you’ll frequently find them dozing off for a mid-afternoon nap (or 4), and sometimes they prefer to just be left alone if anything they’ll come up to you if they’re looking for a stroke!
They tend to live around 10-15 years, making them a great option for a family pet if you’re not ready for a dog, they’ll provide you with ample practice for when the time comes!
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7) Small Dogs
Not all dogs have to be big and bouncy, in fact, there is a whole range of amazing options for small doggos out there too! We’ve actually written a separate blog on this whole topic which you can find here.
Ever the smaller breeds like chihuahuas, french bulldogs, terriers, and pugs still need their exercise making them higher maintenance compared to some of the other pets on this list, but they make up for it with their sloppy kisses and cuddles!
It’s worth mentioning that unlike some other pets, dogs shouldn’t be confined to a cage, they need their fair share of space to roam free too!
Plus most of these small breeds love a Netflix marathon just as much as you do, they’ll be more than happy to curl up next to you as you power through episode after episode (pugs we’re looking at you!)
6) Guinea Pigs
If you’re looking for a cooler looking, fluffier hamster, Guinea Pigs might be the one for you. They are by far one of the most popular low maintenance pets partly due to their funky style and how they’ll quietly sit on your lap chomping away on vegetables whilst you stroke them!
They require a cage and daily feeding but apart from that there’s not much else you’ll need to do (apart from the cuddles)!
Like hamsters there are a lot of breeds to choose from, some short-haired, some ridiculously long-haired, it depends on what you’re after. They are all vegetarians and love chomping away on vegetables like lettuce, cucumber, pretty much any vegetable actually, and they look adorable while they do it!
This one will be controversial, and rightly so. Tarantulas are not everyone's cup of tea, in fact, probably 99.99999% of people shudder at the sight of these furry creatures, but they need loving too!
They are available in a wide array of funky patterns but are docile and unsociable by nature. So while you can get them out and handle them, it’s not really advised. They prefer to do their own thing.
In regards to food, you’ll need a supply of fresh insects for them to eat (don’t worry you’ll get used to this). A good choice of insects are crickets, moths and mealworms!
Admittedly, they aren't for everyone so don’t be surprised if your guests don’t want to get them out and play, they’ll probably bolt out the room!
A staple amongst many families all around the world! Goldfish are stunning to look at as well as being notoriously low maintenance, they make for the perfect apartment pet too!
Their bright, vibrant gold color is enough to brighten up any room, adding a splash of much-needed color if you’re living in a dull apartment. Despite the name goldfish, there are a variety of different colors available so don’t worry if gold isn’t your color, there are plenty of choices out there!
They live up to 10 years and need to be fed once per day, you’ll be able to find goldfish pellets wherever you go so don’t worry about that!
3) Bearded Dragons
Number 3 on our list are the prehistoric-looking Bearded Dragons, despite the dragon in their name, they are gentle, sociable creatures! They don’t require a large amount of space, making them one of the lowest maintenance pets out there!
If you choose to take on a baby bearded dragon you can expect a little more work, feeding them 3-4 times a day and ensuring that the insects you’re providing don’t attack them (yes, this happens!) but if you are to adopt a mature one you’ll have much less work to do!
They can live up to 15 years if correctly looked after, and eat a mixture of insects and vegetables, with adult dragons only needing to be fed once every other day. The only other thing you’ll need to buy is a UV lamp to add to their living space, this should go directly over their basking rock!
2) Budgie Bird
These chirpy creatures come in at number 2 on our last, they’re also one of the most popular pets worldwide! You’ll be able to tell a budgie from a normal bird due to their extremely bright, vibrant colors.
They are also one of the cheapest pets out there, whilst still being one of the most affectionate. With that being said it’ll take you a while to get used to the chirping but it’s an amazing sound to wake up to!
Fun fact! Budgies are one of the few bird species that can imitate human speech, this does require a bit of training but it’ll give you endless laughs!
Much like the tarantulas, snakes aren’t for everyone either. They take a while to get used to but can be one of the most affectionate pets out there if you can manage to look past the social stigma surrounding snakes.
If you tell people you’re a snake owner, you’ll receive two reactions. 1) You’ll get a look of surprise and they’ll probably think you're a bit crazy. Or 2) They’ll think it’s super interesting and want to try holding it, there’s no in-between.
They are number one of our list due to them being extremely low maintenance. They don’t eat frequently, but you will need to supply this with live food (if you have a pet mouse this would be the perfect combo!)
That concludes our list of the top 10 low maintenance pets, so if you’re living area is quite small or you simply don’t want to deal with all the extra hassle that comes with most pets, this list is for you!