Easiest House Pets to Take Care Of

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1Fish

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 ...more

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.

While I think they are great pets, they need as much care as every other living thing. ( or maybe more depending on the species you get) you need a good tank, the bigger the better, and a strong filtration. They need substrate and they need food. I admit I have a betta in a bowl, but it is at gallon bowl and I am consistent about water changes weekly. If you are looking for a pet that you could just through food in there once and a while and not clean their tank or one you want to cuddle with, I am sorry to say but no fish could thrive that way. They can be a commitment, but if you know what you are doing they can be very easy to keep. I should know, I've kept all kinds of fish I have four tanks, each tank has special fish that needs individual requirements. When you pick your fish, make sure to do your research on it first so you'll know what to expect and not be led on the wrong path because some dumb store attendant told you you could keep a goldfish in a 1/2 gallon bowl. I kind of ...more

Already have fish and they are really boring. I mean all they do all of their life is just sit their and eat food.

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2Hamster

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! All you gotta do is clean their cages and in return you get a cute furry and snugly friend.

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3Lizard

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!

Lizards may not be cuddly, but they're still pretty awesome!

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.

There pretty

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4Worms

I. Love. Worms. People think it's crazy that I have this weird obsession, but I actually do! Especially meal worms. Meal work are great. They're so easy to care for and breed. In fact, when I was 5, I got my first meal worms. When I started out, I had 10, and in a short amount of time I had 30! I sell them now, and it's so much fun. They are a great pet for everyone.

When I was in 6th grade last year, I kept meal worms for my school's science fair. I actually won first place because they are so easy to take care of! Just put them in a jar with holes and give them food (banana peels are great) and ta-the! You have your meal worm farm. I'm not sure about pet earthworms though. I don't think they would live very long.

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.

Worms are very easy to look after. The food we fed to them were our left overs. They would eat that.

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5Turtle

Oh no. Turtles can get large most ranging from 6-12 inches in aquatic. Many people buy babies and then freak when they get too big for a tiny tank. Most need a large space but can be housed in large plastic basins. I had three red eared sliders in a foot deep three by three plastic storage bin, used for papers and pictures, and they lived happily with a few overhead lights. They can be a bit pricey but definitely do research, with any pet, so as not to make a bad decision for you and the animal.

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.

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

What if you cage it

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6Snails

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

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.

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

Fresh Water snails-simple and fun. Very interesting to watch and learn about. Love seeing mine grow!

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7DogDomesticated house hold pet that have evolved from wolves. They are sometimes bred with other species of wolves or dogs to create desirable purebreds or a new species of dogs.

Dogs rock!
And care and share
And play
Cute
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.

they are very simple but very fun to play with also they can help you if you live on a fatm

Dogs aren't the easiest pets to take care of, but the commitment is well worth it. Dogs are loyal and friendly, and they love they're owner/owners

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8Frog

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!

Frogs, African Dwarf, are amazing and adorable I had two for at least six years, the other one lasted eight. They are very easy to take care for, they don't smell, and you don't have to be home all of the time to watch them. Mine knew who I was and would follow my finger around if I traced it on the glass. All of my friends always wanted to see them because they are so unique. I highly recommend getting one if you want a pet you can take care of on your own.

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 like frogs but can't see them as an enjoyable pet.

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9Cat

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.

Best pet! They cuddle and play+ are easy to train

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10Bird

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 ...more

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

Birds are so amazing!

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11Guinea 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!

They are soft and sweet and love being outside

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12ButterflyButterflies are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera, along with the moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.

I've raised a few of them. They require a lot of delicate maintenance, but the transformation is amazing

They are hard work because you must make sure they have the right habitat and food to survive.

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

Beautiful and amazingly easy to take care of.

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13Insect

I had a praying mantis for a bit. Watching her eat was very entertaining I kept her in the lab I worked in, and would bring back small roaches and other insects from my horribly infested dorm for her to eat (win-win situation! ) My biggest regret is that I did not give her a stick to hang from to molt (do your reading before adopting an insect,) and she did not survive her last molt before adulthood. In addition to finding food for her, I dumped out the dead insect parts she didn't eat, every time her box started to get messy (once a week or so.)

I have a pair of Madagascar hissing cockroaches. They're pretty awesome. Really easy to care for. They just need a warm humid habitat and the rest of their care is simple. I feed them 2-3 a week and they don't really smell unless you don't clean the tank for like a month. I put a sponge in the water so they don't drown. They're easy to handle and don't fly. Cute pets

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.

Insects are perfect and so easy to look after

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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 hermit crab love them

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15Hedgehog

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!

Hedgehogs have to be the easiest things to ever care for, and I have had about half of the things on this list! Nocturnal, cute, and you can take them on trips

These guys are easy to take care of they sleep all day and make there own homes in there cages

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16RabbitRabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world.

I have two rabbits and the thing with rabbits is they need a very specific set up and routine, but once you have that squared away they are extremely easy to take care of. The only other thing that can be tough is personality. I have to sweet little guys who come when I call them, use the litter box, do various tricks, and love to play and cuddle with me. The hardest part of rabbit ownership in my experience is bonding two rabbits. IT IS HELL ON EARTH. However, if you have a solo rabbits or a pair that are already bonded the rest is easy.

Rabbits are not easy pets. They poop a lot! I had a rabbit and my parents gave him away because apparently I wasn't paying enough attention to him. I was heartbroken but I knew it was for the best. So I hope this teaches you to take very good care for your rabbit

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

Rabbits are so cute and easy to take care of it is a package

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17Toad

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.

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18Aqua Dragon

What are aqua dragons? Aren't they basically sea monkeys

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19Sea 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.

I have gotten Sea Monkeys for Christmas for 2 years and they're SO EASY to take care of! All you have to do is feed them. It's so much fun to watch how fast they grow!

They may be small, but they are awesome

They don't take much caring for and I have to say they are pretty cool.

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20Mice

Mice are sweet pets. If cared for correctly, they can really get attached to their owners. They are pretty easy to train. I would say they're intermediate to care for but then again I don't think there's such as a simple pet unless it's like an ant or something.

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, 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.

Really good little pets and inexpensive. So cute and easy to look after

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