Keeping a pet can sometimes be very demanding and expensive so before you decide to get a pet, you need to consider a few factors. Are you a full-time employee and do you have time to take care of your pet? What is your budget and how much are you willing to spend on the cost of maintenance and here, you have to factor in nutrition, grooming, veterinary visits among other things.

Another question that you need to ask yourself is how much space you have and how big or small a pet you would like to get. Factor in allergies as well and any training that your pet may require. These questions just to mention but a few may seem difficult at first but the good news is that it is possible to get low maintenance pets without having to quit your job or “ break the bank.”

The Best Pocket Friendly And Easy Pets To Care For

1. Budgies

Budgies, also known as parakeets, are very friendly birds that are affectionate and can be trained to talk, imitate different sounds, and even do tricks. Because of their small size, they require less space and food. Ensure that they have room to fly around, a place to sharpen their beak and enough food and water.

2. Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are some of the most social pests you can find. They are great company for kids and quite tame such that small children can be around them without fear of being bitten and to top it all, they squeak with delight when they see you. Children love cuddling them. Guinea pigs thrive on fresh fruits and vegetables, hay, and available food in the market. Ensure that they have an enclosure where they can exercise, run around, and be safe from other animals as well as a comfortable place to sleep. Since they need to be with their own kind to avoid loneliness, it is advisable to keep two guinea pigs so they don’t suffer from depression.

3. Turtles

If you like peace and quiet, then turtles would be perfect for you. Kids enjoy watching and feeding them because turtles are affectionate and calm creatures by nature. They require a tank filled with clean water with moderate temperatures and a place where they can go and enjoy the sun or if you live near a pond, turtles would absolutely love it. Feed your turtle with raw fish, dark leafy greens, insects, worms, and shrimp.

4. Hamsters

These are perfect for people who work full time and have no one to take care of their pets while they are away during the day. Because hamsters are nocturnal creatures, which means they sleep during the day and wake up late in the evening, hamsters would be great to keep because you will not need to worry about your pet during the day when you leave for work. All they need is a hamster wheel and toys and they will happily entertain themselves in your absence.

5. Goldfish

Goldfish, which fall in the category of non-tropical fish is ideal for low-key maintenance. They do not require much, just a tank, nice clean water, ensure that the water PH is balanced. Provide some foliage, rocks, pebbles, good quality food, and fish flakes.

6. Mice

It is not unusual to find these furry creatures in a lot of homesteads. Children absolutely adore them because mice are curious creatures, very clean, social, and require little maintenance. They should be placed in a cage that has plenty of fresh air, avail some toys to play with, and a mice wheel to run around.

7. Dwarf Frogs

The African dwarf frogs are excellent pets for those who love amphibians. They only require clean water and a tank/aquarium, bloodworms and shrimp for food and can be kept together with other fish in the aquarium. These frogs can live for more than 4 years so they are ideal for kids who can take care of a pet long-term.

8. Sea-Monkeys

These are perfect for children who love pets but are too young to actually care for live creatures because they have not yet grasped what being responsible for a pet is all about. Toddlers would particularly love to watch the sea monkeys moving. Sea monkeys only need to be fed growth food once or twice a week. They require saltwater and need little watching. The sea monkeys have a tail that supposedly resembles that of the monkeys and because they live in saltwater, they earned the name.. “sea monkeys”.

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Last Update: June 20, 2020