5 perfect pets for apartment living

Best companions to raise in your small space

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Apartment living comes with its share of advantages such as not having to maintain your garden, abundant amenities and top-notch security systems. But a major downside is that it’s probably not the best place for pets. Some pets are too large, too active, too noisy or just plain unsuitable for a small living environment. We all want our pets to be healthy and content. Apartment living might not always provide that.

But if you live in a pet-friendly apartment, there’s nothing stopping you from getting a low-maintenance pet to love. Although a lot of people think that apartments and pets don’t mix well, there are actually many small animals that are apt for this kind of living space.

Here are 5 perfect pets that would be a great fit for folks with less space and tight quarters.

#1 Dogs

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If you’re a fan of man’s best friend, do not despair if you live in a tiny apartment. Many breeds would be perfectly happy and healthy in your apartment. Small dogs like Pugs, Shih Tzus, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Chihuahuas can flourish in your one or two bedroom home. Even larger breeds like Great Danes and Greyhounds, which are sometimes considered the couch potatoes of the dog world, can live happily in an apartment setting. Of course, you are still required to take them outside regularly so that they can stretch their legs. Overall, dogs provide good options for all animal lovers out there living in apartments.

#2 Cats

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If you’re too lazy to take your dog out for a daily walk, then it’s probably a good idea for you to pick a cat instead. It doesn’t need to be walked outside and can be quite content living an indoor-only lifestyle. Cats are also good at making use of vertical space. Think furniture, shelving or window sills. However small your apartment might be, it could be exponentially larger for our feline friends when you make the effort to provide them with as much vertical space as possible. Just like humans, some cats are happy to be left on their own to rule the roost. Others are more sociable and appreciate the company of other pets.

#3 Fish

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Did you know that watching fish swim in an aquarium could improve hyperactivity disorders? While an aquarium might seem perfect for an apartment, there are many important considerations. Beginners often choose a small, all-in-one aquarium that generally holds between one and five gallons of water, complete with a readymade plug-in filter, heater and all other necessary items. The downside to this setup is that such a tiny environment could easily be disrupted. Small changes can throw the whole thing off balance. You will need to check the aquarium water regularly for its pH, ammonia and nitrite/nitrate levels, water hardness and alkaline. You will also be required to clean the aquarium frequently as waste materials build up quickly in a small aquarium.

#4 Birds

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Domestic birds might seem an obvious choice for apartment living, but they can be challenging too. Most birds are noisy to a certain degree, whether in the form of pleasant chirps or ear-splitting squawks. It’s best to know your neighbours well before committing to keep a bird. It is also important to know that birds are social animals. Those left alone simply will not thrive. Big birds like parrots and macaws are extremely intelligent and need constant interaction. They are also costly, noisy and need advanced care, but can be your family’s friend for more than 50 years. On the other hand, small birds are easier to care of and are fairly inexpensive. Regardless of their sizes, the responsibilities of bird ownership should never been taken lightly.

#5 Reptiles

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When it comes to reptiles, we tend to divide them into two categories – snakes and everything else. Although snakes are not for the faint-hearted, they actually have long lifespans. They can also be handled and left alone for a long time. However, they need to be fed fairly often and require sufficient heat and light to survive. Other species like tortoises, geckos, bearded dragons and chameleons are small, quiet and can be very social. They are obviously less intimidating than snakes in your household. Do note, however, that reptiles might not be as tame as other domestic animals. A certain level of precaution should always be taken.

This article is originally written by Rubaashini