Pets can enrich your life, reduce anxiety, and even improve your health. But they can also be a lot of work. In fact, feeding them, training them, and cleaning up after them might be more work than you have time for.
Fortunately, not all pets require this much effort. There are plenty of easy, low maintenance pets that add no hassle to your life whatsoever. Plus, these pets are perfect for first-time pet owners who have no experience taking care of animals.
Below is a list of easy-to-take-care-of pets to consider if you’re thinking about getting your very first pet. Read on to learn more.
If you had fish in mind, there are none easier to take care of than bettas. They’re good survivors, much more resilient than goldfish.
And they don’t need a big tank because, in the wild, they naturally live in shallow puddles. A very small tank or even a goldfish bowl is sufficient. Get one with an easily changeable filter so you won’t have to do water changes.
Bettas also don’t need or want anyone sharing their tank. (Specifically, they will fight other fish to the death.) Although, you’re fine to add an aquatic snail to help clean the tank.
Freshwater shrimp are cute, lively, and fun to watch. Plus, they take care of the tank for you because cleaning is their primary function. Be wary of adding other fish, though, as they might pick on the shrimp.
3. Dwarf Frogs
Like shrimp, dwarf frogs are very entertaining to watch. And they’re adorable.
4. An Ant Farm
An ant farm is your most basic “set it and forget it” pet habitat. They used to contain only sand so you’d have to open it up to add food. Obviously, this type of ant farm is a disaster waiting to happen.
Fortunately, today’s ant farms are much less problematic. You can now get one that’s filled with a gelatinous substance that doubles as the ants’ food and home. Thus, you never have to open the habitat except to add the ants.
5. Praying Mantises
Praying mantises are intriguing because of their human-like mannerisms. All they require is a little water, some live insects for food, and a tight lid on their terrarium.
Geckos and other lizards are not very messy and so are very easy to clean up after. They’re almost as low maintenance as praying mantises. Their only additional requirement is a heat lamp since they are cold-blooded.
Snakes are only slightly harder to care for than lizards since most of them eat small animals like mice. You don’t have to feed them live mice, though. You can get frozen mice for your snake.
Still, some pet owners don’t relish the idea of keeping dead rodents in their freezer.
If you’re not allergic to pet hair, cat’s are surprisingly easy to care for. And if you do have allergies, you might be okay with a hairless cat.
Unlike dogs, cats don’t need a lot of attention. But if you want to give them attention, they’re fine with that, too!
The biggest hassle with cats is cleaning the litter box. But you could purchase a self-cleaning litter box that takes care of this for you. Plus, you can even get a selective pet feeder that automatically feeds your cats as they approach.
Adopt One of These Easy, Low Maintenance Pets Today
These pets give you loving companionship without any hassle. Next time you go out, bring home one of these easy, low maintenance pets.
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