10 Best Apartment-Friendly Pets For Beginners

Families living in apartments often face dilemmas while picking a pet for their family. As the space is small and surrounded by many other families nearby, there are many boxes to tick while bringing your furry friend home. They should be less noisy, happy to live in small spaces, have low maintenance, and most importantly, should not bother your neighbors. So, you might be wondering what pet you should choose for your apartment that fulfills all those demands. We have rounded up the ten best apartment-friendly pets for beginners to help you make an informed decision. So, without any further ado, let’s get started.

Dogs

Generally, dogs are not considered small space pets, and many apartments have their own rules on dogs. So, before you opt for buying or even bringing one from a shelter home, be sure your apartment allows it. 

However, for an apartment, medium-sized or small-sized dogs like Bichon Frise or Maltese will be the best options. These dogs are cute, cuddly, and can be litter-trained like cats. But, in case you can’t let go of the dream to own a big dog, then a Greyhound or Great Dane should be your pick.

Dogs
Dogs

They are generally considered couch potatoes and happy to live in a two-bedroom apartment. However, you will need to take them out regularly to stretch their legs.

Cats

After dogs, cats are considered the second most popular pet and the best pet for apartment residents. Due to their small size and independent nature, cats become perfect low-maintenance and apartment-friendly pets. It doesn’t matter how small an apartment you live in; it will always be big enough to explore for your cat.

Cats
Cats

Nonetheless, it’s better to avoid vocal cats like – Siamese and large-sized ones like – Bengal cats. Instead, you can consider having a Persian or an American shorthair as they are great as indoor pets. 

Birds

There should be no question about why birds make great apartment pets. They are small, low-maintenance, and well-accepted by almost all the apartments. Furthermore, as birds stay in their cage, there will be no problem regarding your neighbors being annoyed. But birds with high vocals should be avoided for apartments. Therefore, we suggest having smaller birds like finches, budgies, and canaries. 

Birds
Birds

Guinea pigs

Guinea pigs are another cage-living pet that is best suited for apartments. They are cute, cuddly, happy to live in a small space, and easy to care for. So, it will be easy for you to maintain these small pets, and your apartment will be less messy as they require minimal space.

Guinea pigs
Guinea pigs

Furthermore, guineas are highly affordable and do well with small children. So, if you are looking for a pet for your kids, guinea pigs will be the best option. 

Fishes

Just like birds or guinea pigs, fishes are also a great addition to this apartment-friendly pet list thanks to their small sizes. Also, they are quiet, charming, and the best option for first-time owners. But with all these benefits, fishes also have high maintenance requirements. 

Fishes
Fishes

The tank has to be cleaned often, pH balance should be checked, water hardness should be as per requirement, and food should be given on time. Sometimes you will need to add a heater to the tank if you have tropical fish. Apart from these essential requirements, fish will make great apartment pets. 

Hamster

Hamsters are just like guinea pigs in almost every way. They are small, handy, easy to care for and meet the best apartment pet requirements. As they live in small cages, you won’t need a big space in your house for them. 

Also, hammies groom themselves, don’t need a lot of attention, and are incredibly affordable as pets. If you give them proper food and toys to play with, hamsters will happily live in your apartment. But keep in mind hamsters are nocturnal pets. So, if you live in a one-bedroom apartment, then the noise may not let you sleep the whole night. 

Hamster
Hamster

Mouse

A mouse is another low-maintenance pocket pet that does well in apartments. Besides, a mouse is a cuddly mammal, is highly intelligent, and are self-groomers. They won’t need ample space or lots of playtime. Only an hour of activity in your apartment will be enough for your mouse to be happy and healthy. You can even teach them to do some tricks and enjoy the cuddly time. 

Mouse
Mouse

Snake

Now, snakes might be one scary animal, but they are also extremely docile and can live in apartments. Feeding them once a week or two will be enough for these creatures. Also, it doesn’t require much to keep their cages clean. However, different snake species have different demands. But we suggest having king snakes, rat snakes, or garter snakes as pets. These species are harmless and easily tamed, so your apartment rules might allow you to have one. 

Snake
Snake

Turtles

Turtles are reptilian pets that have comparatively low maintenance in many ways. However, they also require special attention in specific matters. For example, they need bigger tanks with their increasing age. Though they grow only 1 foot in length, these slow-moving pets will need big tanks to roam around in. Moreover, you will have to provide special lighting, a water filtration system, and proper temperature for keeping your turtles in the tank. 

Turtles
Turtles

Tarantula

An eight-legged tarantula will be the best option if you want an exotic pet for your apartment. Besides being tiny in size, they are also very docile, making them a perfect apartment-friendly pet. In addition, they are silent, harmless, and have very low-maintenance needs. However, some of the popular tarantula species include the Chilean rose, Costa Rican zebra, and Honduran curly hair.

Tarantula
Tarantula

Final Thoughts

Animals that are small to medium in size, docile, and requires minimal space should be considered apartment-friendly pet. So, here we have listed the ten best apartment-friendly pets for beginners that are the most popular among pet owners. We hope you will find the one that matches your choice. 

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier is a New-York based freelance writer, professional blogger and certified dog trainer. She networks shelter pets to help them find homes and volunteers for rescue groups as she is passionate about dog rescue and adoption. From a very early age, she developed extensive animal handling skills from her dad, and that’s where her love for animals started.

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