Low maintenance house pets for any household

by Pam Lebowitz 09/13/2023

Many homeowners want an animal companion, but know it can be difficult to decide which house pets are best for their home. Depending on where you live, some pets may not be as common or even not allowed by local laws. The amount of space and time commitment may also be on your mind – how do you pick the best pet for your lifestyle?

Low-maintenance, small-space pets do exist, but it’s important to know how to provide for them. Here is some basic information about which house pets might work best for your home:

What animals are common house pets?

Some of the most common animals raised as house pets include:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Birds
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles)
  • Fish

What is the easiest indoor pet?

If you’re interested in low maintenance pets, consider species that don’t require constant human interaction. Reptiles like snakes, chameleons and bearded dragons can be affectionate and form a bond with their humans, but for the most part, are happy to live their lives undisturbed.

One way to keep pets entertained is to have more than one. For instance, having two cats instead of one will allow them to play together and enjoy natural interactions even if you can’t spend the entire day with them. Other animals like fish or hermit crabs thrive when living among other creatures in the same environment.

What pet needs the least space?

Some pets require plenty of space – often more than the run of the entire house. If you’re interested in a pet without a large space requirement, terrarium animals are a great start. Reptiles like turtles and snakes can live in a relatively small environment as long as their needs are met. Depending on the size, a pet tarantula can live happily in a tabletop terrarium.

Consider your chosen pet’s natural habitat and instincts when deciding how much space they need. For example, cats are very territorial, and appreciate having enough space to have time to themselves. Some breeds of dogs are better suited for small spaces, while others need plenty of room for regular exercise.

Are you ready to find your perfect house pet? Whether you want something soft and fuzzy like a guinea pig, or something more independent and exotic like a tarantula, these tips will help you make the best decision in selecting an animal friend.

About the Author

Pam Lebowitz

"Experience the DIFFERENCE!"

Pam is a top-ranking real estate broker with 40 years sales experience. Pam’s 30 years in real estate includes co-owning and operating Century 21 Carriage House (aka Century 21 Minuteman). Prior to selling real estate, Pam sold computers for the Hewlett-Packard Company. In addition to an MBA, Pam earned her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.
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