Easiest House Pets to Take Care Of

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This is totally untrue! Fish require lots of care, and are not suitable for children under the age of 12. Many people believe that bettas in particular do well in tiny bowls, 1/4 gallon at the most, because large spaces "stress them out." This is a lie. I have two bettas. Each has a filtered, heated 5 gallon aquarium to himself. You probably won't believe this, but it's the truth: those tiny, one inch long goldfish you see swimming oh-so-cutely at pet stores? One goldfish should have 20 gallons to itself. They can grow to be over a foot long. And no, they don't grow "just to the size of their home." If you put a toddler in an airplane bathroom, will he/she stop growing? No. Fish are animals just like cats or dogs. When treated properly, they show their personalities and can even recognize you as their caretakers. Both of my bettas swim up to the glass when I watch and stay there. They don't do this for anyone else. Please be sure that you are willing to provide the proper care for fish. And by the way, a betta's life span is 5-10 years. Another fact to consider: 80% of goldfish die within the first six months of being owned due to living in tiny "goldfish bowls." And it's recently been proven that fish can feel pain. Don't do this to these beautiful living creatures.

What you need:Fish tank heater, Fish tank filter, Fish tank - 5 gallons or more, plants - don't get plastic fake plants - they will rip the fish's fins - get fake silk plants or real plants - betta fish prefer floating plants, Water conditioner, Thermometer, Net, Water - 80 degrees farenheit and caves - to hide in.

Betta fish Average life span - 1-4 years, if you take really good care of them they can live for a decade, if you don't look after them they live for less than a year.

Betta fish are really good pets, they could live for a couple of days without food but they'll be really hungry. You just have to clean their tanks bout once a week. You also have to check the water temperature for the fish. Different kinds of fishes need different care. I have 3 betta fishes, I keep them in different tanks because they might attack each other, so I have some experience. I also had 10 goldfishes before but they all died because some ate a lot and died and other got no food and died from that. You should have from 1-3 fish in one tank because it get harder to care care of them. I also had a guinea pig but they were a little harder to take care of. So I think you should get a fish as your first pet. Then when you grow more responsibility get a hamster than a dog or a cat. Bye.

Everyone knows it's a fish. Personally I don't like owning fish for reasons but I can't fight that they are so easy to take care of. Feed them once to twice a day depending on the fish and how many and once a month clean the tank. Extremely simple and easy.

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I think a hamster is the easiest pet because on all of these websites it says hamsters or fancy rats but I don't think fancy rats are popular so I just think it's a hamster or a gecko which they don't have on here but my cousin has one and it's so cute and easy to take care of and they don't bite a lot and of they do it won't hurt because they have no teeth so I think a hamster or a gecko are the easiest pets enjoy!

There small and there easy to wash they can live in a cage and you feed them like once a day and I know this from my cousin. I love them and there really cool you will love this pet they will warm your hart they love people there good for kids and adults so good luck with your hamster and thanks for listening

You can play with them as long as you want. They will love you for that and they will get used to you quickly. Very awesome non boring pets. They have a very special place in america's heart!

Hamsters are awesome! 🐹🐹🐹

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there REALLY easy to take care of. They just get food like every 3-4 days. THEY'RE AWESOME so buy one or weegee will find you he knows where you live!

Very easy to take care of but a hassle to feed
They are very fun to take care of because they don't smell or wake you up at night

One person said that they do not smell. I disagree. Especially for bearded dragons. They don't produce body odor but they're feces real, and if you don't do at least a weekly full cage deep cleaning then they will begin to stink. Also bathe the lizard in water to get feces residue off. Other wise they are super easy. I had a couple for a while, but my first died and he was so loving! He was only 6 months old and was oversized because of eating too many crickets, and that led to paralysis, which got him killed. He ate 12 cricks a day. That was way too much! My new ones are 12 each on Monday Wednesday and Friday. That is a good amount.

I agree they are easy to take care of and they don't bite you

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Meal worms are great. Get a plastic storage bin, shoebox size. Drill holes around the top lip of the container. Add a container of rolled oats. Keep it dry! Dump in your meal worms add a carrot and a toilet paper tube. And viola! Meal worm farm. You can watch them pupate, morph into beetles and then about a week later watch teeny tiny meal worms grow. Ill say it again though, keep it dry! And in a dark well ventilated area.

They have lots of babies, and all you have to do is give them a big jar with air holes and give them leftover banana peels.

This is by far the easiest pet to care for! They are perfect for young children and even science projects. A jar with air holes, dirt, and some leaves and old fruit is all they really need to live a full life. - rubytaco

I didn't know worm were pets but if so they are by far the easiest to take care of.

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Do your research! Aquatic turtles get big. Males up to 10 inches across, females 12 inches. They need a large fish tank or small pond. You'll need a filter and pump or an easy way to drain and refill the enclosure.make sure they have a UV heat lamp for basking on one side of the tank or pond and a way to get out of the water to bask. They need turtle food and can also eat minnows and crickets. I see so many people getting tiny aquatic turtles because they think they're cute. They almost always end up letting them go. It is illegal to sell them under 4 inches in diameter at pet stores in South Carolina where I live but hatching turtles are sold at our local flea market for 3 dollars a piece. So sad. I bought one with a split bleeding shell and nursed it to health then released it at a nearby pond. If you find a turtle, don't assume it is aquatic. Research or let it be.

Turtle turtle! ⌒. ⌒ They need sunlight and heat they eat vegetables and need to be soaked once a month on a bucket to get moisture and water! Easy cheep and I love them!

I am about to get a turtle cause I found one at a baseball park and it was awesome I had to put it back but we are getting a painted turtle

I have really wanted a small pet for a while and a turtle would be nice. The only thing is, I already have a dog and we usually are away.

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Well I did grow up with dogs two siberian huskys after a while my sister saved a cat from them and then I wanted one. Big mistake of my life it was easy to tack care of but they are Usally vary stubern as a mule and they think they are king and queen and now I know why Egyptian's loved cats they ate just like them tack over everything and claim it as their own. But now I'm stuck with my sisters and my cat it just the worst thing is that my sisters female cat hates my male cat she just his as him and some times she come out and stacks him why just why, so they are vary irritating if you get one of those kinds of cats and our two huskys our dead our last one did live until she was 16 years old I did not think that would happen but she dide vary old oh and they just love the snow not the heat. But our out side cats are vary sweet as heck I never had an animal that sweet before. But one of my friends in my algebra two class was talking about macaws and beautiful and so before I graduated from not just algebra two but from high school. I fist started by looking of pictures of them and from there I started to winder if they would mack a grate pets a so far they do in fact they really good as a pet. All parrots love to held and cuddle and you can teach a parrot anything you can teach a dog exsepted for tracking they are not made like there bbig huge cuzens the T-Rex if you don't know a T-Rex nose is 100 bloodhound all ducked taped in one nose oh and they have exsolent sight and they pinpoint were the pray are with out smelling the grownd they also remember a sposific smell another words it can tell the difference in the smell for each animal and they have a strategy brand they are smart but not as smart as dinosaurs raptors but they are basically the second smartest in the dinosaur tree and it is called the tyrannosaurus family. But the thing with parrots is that you can teach some species to talk but you should not just get a parrot because you want an animal to talk or on a impulse. I did not want a macaw because they are one of the most hardest to tack care of and they are one of the most expensive but they meatvmy criteria list it's a family pet for you people out there, there are not meny parrots that are family pets like for instance a aficane gray is a one person pet and if you are not that person and you try to tack it out of its cage it will no matter what bite you. Macaws can be like this if you have them get out side of the house when they are yough or else you might get stuck with some one that dose not like new people and when people get close to you when it is near you. And I love there personality oh and you can teach them to be quiet were to go to the bathroom at fetch rollover and they love going on walks and car rids they have harnes for birds the bad thing about parrots is that they can get scared of thing like a harnes so to help with that is that you have to have it near them were they are comfortable and sone it will be touching ...read more

Dogs rock!
And care and share
And play
They make nice pets
And slot
And nice and sweet

I love love love my two dogs. I have been with a dog my whole life. The only thing is, they eat everything. They aren't always perfect cause so much to do and it is like your a granny. But dogs make you move back and forth. But they are known that if you have a dog you live longer cause they love on you. So they could be the easiest or the hardest. I have never had any other pet in my whole life so I am an expert on dogs even though I am at very young age of going into 2nd grade but I love dogs and know a lot about them not by Google but by having them. They are awesome! ! I hope there are a lot of people out there who love dogs. They are awesome.

Dogs are probably the hardest to take care of.

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I think snails are great to look after because their easy to clean and love being held. If you have two just look out for eggs as snails have both sex organs so keep checking every few days, they are a great pet to have! African land snails are great

Easiest pet ever... pond snails are completely self sufficient just add fresh water occasionally (every month or so)

I had snails and loved them! I am 12 and I needed a good pet that I could take care of by myself. They only really need about a few strawberries a week or other fruits, I found that they don't really like blueberries though. The only problem is that they die often.

There so easy and so cute

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I own African Dwarf frogs and trust me they are so easy to take care of. They are so much fun to watch and aren't as smelly as a hamster of dogs or cats! Ten times less work! Plus you clean the tank once every three months! Just like fish but less cleaning! And I love them so much!

These are super easy and funny to watch as they play. You only have to feed them a few times a week and clean their box every three months. I got mine at a toy store and trust me they are super great.

I love frogs there adorable

Frogs are AWESOME! You can watch them jump around and they will love you. All you need to do is feed them and clean their habitat once in a while.

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Well you have to teach them were they can go to the bathroom and it's easy but you have to know how to and they say that it is the most hardest thing to teach them. Usually a bird go's to the bathroom about the same time because of this you can time them and then use the time you get from timing you bird to determined when the bird will go to the bathroom and if it does not have to then play with the bird or what ever for five minute and then try ageon. The next thing to do is to tack the bird were you will like them to go to the bathroom this can be the trash can, sink, and the bird cage were you already have to clean it up but there is no cage for them, like if you go to a store that will let you tack you're bird in the store and there is only trash cans to go in, or you go to your friends house and all there is to use is the sink or something, so you should teach you're bird to go to the bathroom in more than place if needed. And when they go in the right spot click your clicker and then say good boy or girl which ever and then give them their treat otherwise it will say good boy or girl when it go's to the bathroom and never ever have them do it on command or else when you are not there they will never go until you say the word and that can leave them with a big problem like a infection in there bladder and also it nice for us when we have to go really badly when we can't so it not nice when they have to go and it might get some expensive avian veterinarian bills so don't teach them to do it on command.

Maybe the hardest pet to have in you home, require daily interaction for at least a hour, food has to be fresh fruit and veggies. Messy eaters as well. Can be loud. And them poop when ever and where ever they want. The up side is they are the smartest animal I have ever interacted with, they show affection more then a dog or cat will ever do, and they can be taught to do awesome tricks and talk.

They are the most adorable pet birds you could get and since they are so small they don't need to be taken care of as much as parrots or other birds they don't nip or bite either and they grow very affectionate once they get used to you, but even so, don't open a window while playing with them because they will happily flutter to freedom and they can't really take care of themselves

I think birds are easy

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They are cute soft they purr nicely they give you lots of kisses and they clean after themselves

There awesome pets! My cat recently passed away, and he was the most affectionate animal ever! He cleaned up after himself too. I love them!

Cats should be in first place. All you literally do is feed them and change their litter. Just be an animal is caged or tanked does NOT mean it's easier to care for. I'd know, since I had a cat, fish, and rabbits, and the cat was BY FAR easiest to care for. I was doing literally 5x the work caring for one rabbit vs. Caring for my one cat.

Cats are the best

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?Crested Gecko

I have a crested gecko and they are adorable, easy and you barely do any chores for them!

They're better than Leo geckos they don't need to eat bugs,

?Stick Insect

There really easy to care for! Just leaves in a tank with ventilation and change the habitat every week.

I owned a stick insect and I think they are easy to look after all u need is leaves and water

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They are pretty, sweet and cool

I love butterflies there wings are so pretty I think that they would be an awesome pet

There cages are easy to take care of

Beautiful and amazingly easy to take care of.

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12Guinea Pig

I think guinea pig are easy to take of because the only things you have to do is give them a bath, wash their cages, give them food and water last but not least toys!

Guinea pigs are very easy to look after and make popular pets with children. They only need a good clean out twice a week and fed dry food in the morning and vegetables in the evening. And once they're used to being handled, they are lovely to cuddle!

All you got to do is feed them, change their water bowl, bedding and clean the cages wich cleaning the cage is not as difficult as you think. Guinea pigs rules!

Guinea pigs are cute cuddly and nice and easy to take care of.

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I have a praying mantis and they're SO easy to take care of! I'm even breeding them! They only need food every other day, and they only need a heat lamp or something if they're exotic.

If you are afraid of bugs, don't get this... yes, it really DOES hiss. I am not sure how hard they are to care for, but if you like fascinating bugs, I do recommend this. I heard they have easy care.

My opinion is that you can watch what they are doing any time you want. Because they are so little you can even bring them anywhere

Ants could get out of there house and bite you

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14Hermit Crabs

My Dad was thinking really hard about a pet for me to have. I am fourteen and my family travels quite often to visit family. We already have goldfish, so he needed to think harder. I LOVE animals, but due to our lifestyle, he had a thought desision to make. Either keep me begging & whining or find me a suitable pet. He chose hermit crabs. They're easy, affordable and perfect for a mature child to take care of. They are low maintenance and don't smell if you properly care for them.

You need to be careful with them, they are fragile creatures and easily frightened. If you want one, be careful of the environment and weather. Do NOT spray toxic substances or expose them to it or they WILL DIE. Otherwise, I highly recommend them, they require less work than a fish tank too, in cleaning terms.

We had 4 crabs and they changed shells which was neat for the kids to watch. Always had to clean the tank daily cause it always smelled the room up like dead fish! They seem like easy pets but they need heat source, light, rocks, lots of larger shells which cost more than the crab itself. Place to hide under.. I would empty and do an entire tank cleaning straining everything weekly. Headache! Do not put them in one of them lil 5"x 8" plastic tanks.. They will die. Anyhow.. I will never get another! Thought they where easy pets for kids. I was wrong! Smelly pets more like it n lots of cleaning tank work!

Hermit crabs are really easy you just need their food,
Water, and salt water all in their own dishes and have heat up to 70-80 and spray it will warm water every day and things for them to climb on and about a 3 gallon sized cage and a couple extra shells for them to be in when they get too big.

I have a fish tank that I am using for my future hermit carbs yay

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Have nearby vet, food, water and love. Look up food on google. THEY ALSO ARE SUPER CUTE!.

Their adorable, I don't have one but my friend did and it was very sweet and social, it needed a good amount of care but not a ton. Over all I think this would make a great per for older kids!

I'm thinking of getting one for my child who is 10 and loves animals because its easy to take care of and its adorable

I think hedgehogs are cute and pretty easy to take care of.

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WONDERFUL PET! I have kept south Eastern American toads all my life starting as a child. My toddler found a toad-let at my stepfathers house and we took it home. Just mimic the environment they normally live in. Soil, water, rocks, weeds and plants and a hide in a 10 gallon tank, no smaller. I spritz the enclosure once a week with water. We keep the house at a comfortable temperature. It eats 1 meal worm larvae and 1 house fly a day right from our hands. In 2 months it has tripled in size. Great fun and a sweet little teaching tool for my toddler. We talk about its features, big beautiful golden eyes, soft tummy and bumpy back. Tiny toes and fragile nature. My son is learning to be gentle. This will come in handy with any future additions to our family! Feeding it is easy and free.

Toads make great pets try playing leap frog careful though there hard to catch

Very nice pets really easy to take care of.

Toad who wants that as as a pet🐸gross

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I have two rabbits in the house.They are so cute and nice.

Give me an opinion about junior rabbits

Rabbits are great for kids and are super cute

They are literally no work

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18Sea Monkeys

Sea monkeys can live two years and keep a family of sea monkeys going for more then a decade. There bowl, tank, or jar never has to be cleaned, infact they seem to prefer messy water. They do need salt water, but can survive much more than most creatures. Sea monkeys can eat special food that comes with a kit or yeast, sliced salami, and phytplankton. Did you know their eggs can survive 2 years out of water. In other words sea monkeys are perfect beginner pets.

They may be small, but they are awesome

Super easy just feed 'em!

They are solo cute!

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19Aqua Dragon

Aqua Dragons are awesome!

Because I love them!


Mice, if cared for properly are OK pets. They will still pee and poo on you no matter how "tame". The enclosure needs to be cleaned twice a week or they smell. Anyone that tells you otherwise has just gotten used to the stink. I worked at a pet store and cleaned the enclosure daily. They will eat their own young and can chew plastic cage sides to escape. The best route is a 10 gallon glass tank with a wire lid that cannot be reached. Pine shaving bedding(NEVER cedar), a free hanging water bottle, a paper towel tube, a plastic wheel and a small metal bowl for food and they'll be content.

I hated the idea of getting a rat but my dads girlfriend got one and they're actually pretty fun! The coolest thing I ever did with them was build a maze out of blocks and they ran through it. Still not as fun as a dog though.

Mice are cute and hardly cost a thing. They are great for kids as long as you do not pull on their tail.

There so fun and easy to take care if

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