Easiest House Pets to Take Care Of

The Top Ten
1 Fish

Your pet fish are only living to 6-7 months because watching and feeding them is not the only thing you have to do. You need to make sure that the fish of their species has a large enough tank not bowl, that is clean, filtered, heated if necessary, not overstocked with other aquarium animals and decoration, and the water ph must be checked to make sure if intervention is necessary to treat it. Goldfish can live up to 20 years of properly cared for and some have even lived up to around 40 years of age. A betta fish's average lifespan is about 3-5 years but can live longer if given the proper care. This is just a little list of things you could do to make your fish happy and healthy and limit the amount of unnecessary death. I do not blame you for being misinformed about fish care as most just see them as decorations instead of actual living animals but I hope you can do more research on this subject my friend and have and be a bit more conscious about what your pets really need. I ...more

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

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

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.

2 Hamster Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. The subfamily contains about 25 species, classified in six or seven genera.

Hamsters are very friendly, rewarding pets when cared for correctly.

Try to find good food. Try to find one with 17-22% protein.

Also, purchase or make appropriately sized cage (360 square inches in the US, 80 cm x 50 cm in the UK), they will be friendly, fun pet. Depending on the size of your cage, you will need to clean anywhere from once a week, to once a month (only people with hamsters housed in cages similar in size to IKEA detolfs). Remember to spot clean daily though! The bigger the better!

Before purchasing a hamster, I recommend you decide which species of hamster you would like. There are Syrians (also known as golden hamsters, or teddy bear hamsters), Chinese hamsters, Winter White dwarf hamsters, Russian Campbell's dwarf hamsters, and Roborovski (Robo) hamsters. Syrians are solitary and must be houses alone. The other 4 species (including Winter White and Campbell's hybrids) can be houses with another hamster, but please remember that they may fight, ...more

We had hamsters, at one point I think we had about 50 because they kept having babies and than more babies.
But they are super fun to have around, I remember we put a twist tie on our cage door and the dad hamster untwisted it and got out, we found it like a day later in my mom's closet, that hamster was really smart. We put one on our treadmill one time it was really funny. They're really easy to take care of too.

How are fish number one they aren't really pets you can't really play with them like you can with hamsters. Hamster are cute, fun, and playful. If you get a hamster then please take care of it. One time my little cousin had a hamster and she put it in a glove she totally forgot that she left in the glove and it died.

I have one and they are so cuddely and sweet. Just take them out of their cage at least once every other day and they will not bite. Clean their cage once a month and they'll love ya. Food and water refills right when you notice it needs a refill. You'll love them if you like curling up with a soft animal lay on you while sleeping.

3 Dog The domestic dog is a wolf-like canid in the genus Canis, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore. It is active all around the world, and is one of the most popular domestic pets as of 2021. They come in more than 350 breeds.

Um, NO! I love dogs, but they are pretty hard to take care of, you have to take it on walks, play with it, keep its food and water full, take it outside so it can do its business, and when you're on trips, hiring a sitter or bringing it to one of those places where people can look after them is a MUST! Unless you want dog poop and pee all over your house and bite marks on everything.

Ohhh no. Tell that to my mom and she'll lecture you for hours about how hard it is to potty train a dog, take them for walks every day, and basically keep them under control. Oh yeah, and why I'm not responsible and experienced enough to have a dog, train it, walk it, that kind of thing.

I don't understand. They need walks, excersize, love all the time, food and water twice a day. And pick up their poop! Should not be above dogs. Don't get me wrong, they are amazing. But not easy.

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.

4 Cat The "House Cat", also known as the Domestic Cat or the Feral Cat, is a small feline, a good hunter, and comes in a variety of colors and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated. They are highly intelligent and good at problem solving.

Oh yeah they're easy. As long as you don't keep any doors open (I had a cat that ran away for weeks at a time) and give them a litter box, the average cat doesn't take much effort to keep.

Cats should be No. 1. If you want a pet that's easy to care for but with whom you can still share unlimited affection, go for cats. My cat practically looks after himself. He takes care of his own grooming, hygiene and exercise needs. All I have to do is feed him twice a day. People think cats are aloof and distant but that's because they show love in very subtle ways which it is your job to learn. While the cat doesn't need your love and attention to thrive, if a cat has bonded with you it's because it really wants to. The more you love your cat, the more they bond with you. At the same time, if you just want a casual housemate or a mouse hunter, cats are fine with that too. Neglect your cat and he will probably just find somewhere else to live. When you put in the effort the bond is an incredibly tight one. Once you are bonded, YOU and just you are the only one they really trust and care about. Cats are happy doing their own thing and rarely needy. There is lots of stuff you can do ...more

Till I was three I hated cats. But when I shifted in my new house I found a small kitten just roaming around. My mother is a very animal friendly person and she just started playing with the kitten. Then slowly I became more friendly with her. In a few months she gave birth to more kittens. Many started living with the neighbors or just roaming around the colony. My cat had kittens for about 9 years and last year my cat died. I was heartbroken but she left a lot of her children with me and they gave birth to more kittens. People say cats don't show love but they do. All you have to do is give them a chance. They are also very easy to take care of. My family is very busy all the time. We barely needed to take of the cats. All we did was feed them in the morning and in the evening and when we wanted to play they were always ready. When we wanted alone time they gave it to us. I would recommend a catering anyone who has a busy lifestyle. And one more thing cats do not want your attention ...more

Cats cost money, not time. I have an indoor-outdoor cat, and we have an automatic feeder and filtered water for her, as well as a flea collar. If we had a cat door installed, we wouldn't have to do anything to care for her, other than occasional vaccinations and cleaning the litter box once a week. I used to have goldfish, and they were "much" harder to take care of. It took me longer to clean the fish tank than it does to clean the litter box. Unlike dogs, they don't need bathing or walking. On the other hand, my cat is not as affectionate as often as a dog would be, but she is still very affectionate.

5 Lizard Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles, with over 6,000 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica, as well as most oceanic island chains.

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'm going to be very honest with my opinion! Geckos are one of the easiest such as crested gecko and leopard gecko. They both are easy to tame. They do require 20 gallon and also a crested gecko will get stressed if it's over 80 degrees Fahrenheit! I would go for a crested because they don't need worms too often and they are really fruit and veggie lovers, and also, these creatures are very WONDERFUL beginner pets! I'm not saying Leopard aren't they do like be handled a lot more than a crested gecko, so they're both awesome and I'm in love with both!

It majorly depends on the lizard. If you get one, make sure it's something you're going to be interested in and can also properly take care of them. Do extensive research before buying one. You will also be told if you're a beginner reptile owner to consider a leopard gecko. Leopard geckos can live to be 20 years old. My advice is to do your research and make sure you're completely prepared, or you will make that animal's life living hell and nobody wants that.

Getting certain lizards are easy to take care of, but some of the more interesting ones can still take a lot of work and a more sophisticated setup. Geckos are generally pretty easy, but remember you will likely be feeding them things like mealworms and crickets, so if you are the sort to be grossed out maybe reconsider.

6 Frog Frogs are a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura.

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.

I disagree with this. I adopted a frog and put it in a huge tank with everything it needed but it just sat and wouldn't move. Its not only bad for the frog, but it breaks your heart to watch them start to die even after extreme TLC and vet visits.

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!

My dad says it's hard to get a house with two cats so he's definitely not gonna get us let a dog (Mind you a dog is my dream pet). So I'm gonna tell him about a frog as a pet and I'll also tell him that our cats aren't gonna be able to get a frog. I hope he says yes.

7 Turtle Turtles are diapsids of the order Testudines characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. "Turtle" may refer to the order as a whole or to fresh-water and sea-dwelling testudines.

Turtles are not an easy pet to take care of. They are very expensive. They need a basking light, a uv light, proper bedding, and a basking area. They also need proper food and a fairly large tank. Taking a turtle from its habitat outside is not a good thing to do, buy them from a rescue organization or a store such as perco or pet smart. Turtles should never be bought at the street corner or online. While handling a turtle (which you shouldn't do very often) can result in your turtle getting stressed out or can cause death due to their extremely sensitive skin. Please research on turtles BEFORE buying one, or in other words NEVER buy any pet without researching. Also know that these pets can live for over 100 years old and need someone to take care of them after you die.

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.

We are thinking about getting a turtle at pets mart. We don't know if they could fit in a 10 gallon tank. How easy is it to take care of a turtle? If we got a turtle, how long do they live? They are like 30$! We found a turtle once when we were on the road. There were lots of turtles and we took one. We were going to take another one but a car drove over it. We found a boy turtle and we took it to are grandma's home. We fed it strawberries and he liked it. We were going to take it home but he escaped. Our grandma found it while we were gone and she let it go.It was sad but she did the right thing. It was a lot of fun having a turtle.If we get a turtle, we want a small turtle.
I am10 years old and we want a turtle. If we get a turtle from pets mart, can we feed it strawberries?

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.

8 Bird

That depends on the type of bird. Budgies are probably the easiest. I mean, give them food, water, plenty of space, and that's pretty much it, as long as you're keeping them in a cage. Training them is a whole 'nother story. I got the most untrained adult birds in the world, but I managed to get them to eat from my hand, perch on it while eating, but I can't get them to step up :( and they fly everywhere when my hand gets close to them and there isn't any food. Please give my some tips, I really want my birds to be trained so I can take them in and out of their cage safely and get some exercise. (Their cage is pretty big and it's okay, but you know what I mean.)

Depends what type of bird it is. If it's a large parrot they live about 50 years like a macaw. Macaws and other large parrots scream very loud which is not good for young children especially when they bite. If it is your first time getting a bird I suggest you get a smaller bird like a budgeriar or a cockatiel which live about 10-20 years and are really quiet even if they scream. (Mine don't scream they squawk) but it's not that loud. They are easier than cat or dog because you only have to clean their cage like once a week or two weeks unlike a litter box which is like once every 3-5 days. (One thing I am not bringing down the other animals in favor of birds ok) anyway dogs bark which could annoy neighbors especially if you live in a town house but a parakeet is something your neighbors will never notice since budgies are really quiet.

I've had chickens since a child, and they're the most calming animals. They don't require too much attention- a spacious cage, plenty of fresh water & food, a nice clean nestbox and occasional roaming time are all you need.
While starting off will cost a bit, they'll pay it back in eggs! They also live for quite a while.
Chickens are very calming to watch, and when they're pecking around clucking it's super relaxing and brings a smile to your face.
Some more complex breeds need more care & attention then the common chicken, but all love a good hug & roam.

Maybe the hardest pet to have in your 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 they poop whenever and wherever they want. The upside is that they are the smartest animal I have ever interacted with, they show affection more than a dog or cat will ever do, and they can be taught to do awesome tricks and talk.

9 Hermit 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 and straining everything weekly. Headache! Do not put them in one of these lil "5 x 8" plastic tanks, they will die. Anyhow, I will never get another! Thought they were easy pets for kids. I was wrong! Smelly pets more like it and lots of cleaning tank work!

I had hermit crabs. They required a moderate amount of work. They are a nice pet to have, but the environment has to be right. I had to get a heater pad to go under the tank, and I also got some moss to increase the humidity. Unlike other pets, they barely smell as long as you clean the tank often. Hermit crabs are cute and fun pets to take care of, but they will die quickly if you don't put in enough effort.

They are easy to look after but you need a lot of supplise like every pet does if your thinking of getting one you need humidifier I don't know if I spelt that right, a coconut hut, salt water, a bowl, food, walter, shells, a climbing thing eatherwise they get bored, I sugest getting two because they get depressed, hope I helped they may need more but that's what I got for my hermies.

10 Worms

Mealworms 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 mealworms add a carrot and a toilet paper tube. And viola! Mealworm farm. You can watch them pupate, morph into beetles and then about a week later, watch teeny tiny mealworms grow. I'll say it again though, keep it dry! And in a dark well ventilated area.

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.

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 like 5, I used to get my Go Diego Go! bucket and look for worms. First, I filled it up with dirt and water to make mud, then I would put the worms in it. By the next day the worms would have left. Man, my childhood was awesome. Now Roman Reigns is being pushed.

The Contenders
11 Guinea Pig The guinea pig, also called the cavy or domestic guinea pig, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia.

I can't agree that piggies aren't easy to take care of. Piggies need a friend, they're social animals. Every day, they have to have floor time and lap time. Not to mention that you have to bathe them! Every day, you have to spot clean their cage, then every week deep clean it. Of course, they're fun to play with and look at, but they cost money. I have two piggies of my own, and they are work. I love them to death, but my advice is that if you have to have a lot of ambition, get a guinea pig. I do all the work for them, I pay for them, and I'm not going to lie, they're a lot of work sometimes.

I don't actually think they're as "easy" to care for, but aren't super super hard. As I walk in the door, my little one wheeks and wheeks and she knows that it's treat time. They need regular vet checkups and are prone to a lot of unrecognizable diseases. They are smarter than you think! Mine know a lot of tricks. They don't smell as a lot of people think but my old one constantly needs baths. There are a lot of people who just lock them in a store bought cage but they need excercize as they also tend to get more rotund. A lot of people CAN be capable of owning a Guinea pig, but please don't buy your six year old daughter one for her birthday.

Guinea pigs should be way higher in the list. I got them in second grade and one has recently passed so we got another one. We clean their cage twice a week and provide them with fresh water and food every day. Guinea pigs need to be treated as part of the family but you can also leave them for quite a bit and they will be fine together by themselves if you provide them with food, water, toys and enough space. They are way easier to take care of than a dog which I can say with confidence since I own guinea pigs and a dog

Contrary to popular belief, guinea pigs are NOT easy to take care of and do NOT make suitable pets for any child under the age of eight years old. If you've ever owned guinea pigs before, you'll know what I mean.

Having a pig is not just "change their water and food daily". It's "refill water daily, refill pellets two times a day, make sure they have an unlimited supply of hay AT ALL TIMES, watch for illness (they hide it really well), prevent fights, provide socialization, NO DO NOT EAT THAT, provide good vitamin C, lower stress levels, WAIT, DID I REFILL THEIR HAY?"

They poop a lot, so you have to spot clean their cage daily and a full-on cleaning 2 times a week, and socializing a timid guinea pig is a real pain in the butt. They'll just run around the cage, hide, and do all they can to prevent you from picking them up. Then, when you pick them up, they are calm, but they MAY try to jump.

However, it is ALL worth it for an amazing, loving, adorable pet!

12 Snails Snail is a common name that is applied most often to land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs.

Snails are AMAZING! They are super cute (in my opinion) and can be held as well! I had 2 pet garden snails and they were so much fun! Unfortunately, they died of mites. If you get snails make sure to clean the container at least once a month and make sure it is secure! You can feed them pretty much anything, just make sure to give them calcium as well. It's also fun to race them and make treats for them and watch them slime around! They are quite fast and love climbing, especially on your hands! I don't care what anyone says about snails, they are super cool! They live a long time in captivity if you care for them well, and are quite rewarding. Just make sure to check for eggs as they are hermaphrodites and get multiple because they get lonely and like playing with each other!

Snails are the easiest pets in the world. They are perfectly happy in a plastic box or critter keeper so long as it's wet and will eat both fresh and old food of all kinds. Not to mention, unlike other animals on here, you can always hold a snail, no training required, so long as you wet your hand, and they never bite. If you have several you can expect more than enough babies to replace the ones that die off. The only issue is they reek! Especially if you leave a dead one around or don't take out the old food.

I had a pet garden snail for the summer term. Extremely easy to take care of and they enjoy a damp environment. Easy to make their food. They need a home, depending on their size, fill their home with food, leaves, rocks, mud, soil, and sticks. It is normal for them to climb on the roof. They love playing with you in your garden. After playing, wash your hands. Get 2 snails. I love them.

PLEASE READ!
I have kept aquatic snails, apple snails are very facinating and fast and nerite snails look stunning! They are very easy to keep and scavenge for food. When they get on the glass their mouths are so interesting! However, they can be pests and repoplutate quickly!
PERSONALY I would not keep wild snails.
1) they stink 💩
2) you are taking it from its home! How would you like it if some random 6 year old picks you up and stuffs you in a jar?
3) most people cram a couple dozen in a jar put it on a window sill and when the sunlight gets on it they get cooked!.
4) are you sure you're not going to get bored with it? They tend to just stay there looking sad. After a couple of minutes you will lose your interest. Eventually you might forget the little life in the jar who is depending on you for food and cleanliness of his environment.

So yeah that is just MY preference and by no means do I want to offend people, but please think real hard about this ...more

13 Hedgehog A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae, in the eulipotyphlan family Erinaceidae.

My sister's friend has a hedgehog and they lived happily ever after! They lived such a happily ever after I was thinking about adopting one myself! So therefore I did some research. Hedgehogs are fairly easy to wash. The problem is they are nocturnal meaning, for those of you that don't know, they mostly do things at night... so you most likely will only play with them for a short amount of time in the sunlight hours of the day. Other than that, have fun!

I've been doing reasearch for years now, and they're shy at first, but eventually warm up to you. You can put them in a dark, enclosed space for the first couple weeks with a piece of clothing you wear a lot. They will get used to your smell from the clothing. You DO have to feed them live meal worms, but it's not too bad. However, hedgehogs cost a TON of money, which is (mostly) why most people don't have hedgehogs.

I have two adorable Hedgehogs that I rescued off of craigslist the poor thing were tormented by a 4 year old and now with TLC they are my best friends, just watch out for the spikes! I feed mine cat food and meal worms and they are just adorable! If you think hedgehogs shouldn't be pets, just wait until you do have one they have warmed my heart forever!

Some people think that owning hedgehogs is animal abuse, but it's not. There are a ton of hedgehog breeders, and they know a lot about stuff like that. I have a pet hedgehog and they are cool pets, but they don't do much.

14 Rabbit Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. Rabbits are known for having long ears, and for being agile, as in having a notable ability to jump.

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.

They are not easy to take care of AT ALL. I had a girl albino rabbit named Elli,and she needed water every day,+food, her nails needed trimed once or twice a week, she needed time to play, and I had to clean her pan 3 times a week to keep it from smelling + molding. These all sound really easy, but for me they were hard. Where I live it gets really cold and it's just a pain. She ended up passing away from a seizure last month, after having her for two years. Her total life span was 10 to 15 years.

I had one rabbit. Her name was Whitedonut and she was almost cage free. She actually wasn't too much work, I would say Guinea pigs need much more interaction and are harder to take care of. We just had to block off the extra fridge, she had quite a problem with chewing electrical cords so we needed some toys. Other than that, rabbits aren't too bad!

I don't have one but they really require exercise! But if you get the hang of it the rest is easy. The first part is hard. Also bonding is very important, so if you don't really want to touch animals too much, maybe rabbit is not the pet for you. But they are so adorable and I'm probably going to get one!

15 Snake Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. About 600 species are venomous, some of which can be fatal to humans if no medical help is sought.

I'm 12 and believe me, I've done my research on ball pythons! After months of looking into their care requirements (because I'm planning to get one) I discovered that they're only, like, $400 INCLUDING the enclosure, hides, etc. I also found out that all you need to do for care is refill their water bowl daily, feed them a rat once a week and clean their cage once a month. I recommend these pets because they're SUPER easy and very docile and calm. Unlike, most snakes, they don't squirm when you try to hold them, they'll just hang out on your shoulders for as long as you have them there. If you're thinking about getting a pet, but you don't have much time to take care of it, PLEASE consider getting one of these little guys!

Snakes... meh. Depends on the snake- even then they aren't 'easy'. Don't have the right heat? they can die. Humidity too low or too high? they can die. This is especially a problem for young rainbow boas. Ball pythons can be very picky and can go weeks without eating- which can be the cause of complications. Larger snakes such as Burmese Pythons, Retics, and African Rock Pythons get very expensive to feed and house. Hognose Snakes and Garter Snakes may be unwilling to eat rodents- so you may have to buy frogs and toads. All snakes- but especially King Snakes are escape artists, so you NEED to make sure your terrarium is escape proof. make sure they always have water and make sure you don't pick them up until around 48 hours after they've had a large meal. Exotic vets can be expensive and hard to find. So- do your research- I love snakes and love keeping them- but they aren't 'easy pets' though if you want to start out- I'd say get a Rosy Boa, Milk Snake, Kingsnake, Corn Snake, Ball ...more

Snakes are probably one of the easiest pets you can own. It really depends on the species of snake for heating, housing, etc. but they are very fun and exciting, very interesting to watch and handle if socialized. Their cages require so little cleaning. Probably the least work of any pet I've owned. Most species do require live or frozen mice, so if you're uncomfortable with that, then maybe try a different pet. But if you choose the right species and handle them often, they will bond with you and they have super cute personalities! I would recommend corn snakes. They are very docile with very little upkeep.

My corn snake is the best, I rescued him for very poor conditions under someone else's care. Started off very timid and refused to come near me or eat for the first 6 months but now he's extremely friendly, fed every 10 days and his enclosure cleaned every 2 weeks, never bitten me and loves to explore! I wrap up my bedsheets and duvet for him to explore and work through. people say they can't have a personality but they're defiantly wrong. I see a lot of people say all you need it some paper towel, box, water bowl and a heat mat to have a snake. I disagree, for a happy snake you need a stimulating enclosure, I have 2 hides natural substrate and loads of climbing material with greenery within his enclosure. I feed him when he's willing to explore out of his enclosure in a separate feeding tub! Definitely get one, beware they live for years and years

16 Toad

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.

If you get a pet toad, you would also want a rat. (Do you get the reference? )

Very nice pets really easy to take care of.

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

17 Ferret The ferret is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela of the family Mustelidae.

I held a ferret in a pet store the other day and it was so cute! It bit my hand a few times, but it did not hurt. Hamster bites hurt way more than a ferret. You have to buy a big cage, and take them out every day and play with them for 2 hours. You can also take them for walks. You can teach them tricks and even their names! You also need to buy them toys, a litter box, hammocks or tunnels with fur to let them rest and sleep, and if you do not like the smell of them, pet stores (sweet pets is reccomended) sell odor remover that you simply spray on the ferret. You also have to buy soap and give them baths. Ferrets are most fun!

Okay, NO.

Odor sprays are horribly unhealthy, as are water drops. Baths shouldn't be given and 4-8 hours of playtime. They smell, some have biting issues, and vet bills go SKY-HIGH when they are older. You can't own just one. You have to research good foods. They need large and expensive cages.

I love ferrets. Just one of my best friends is a ferret. They are cute and playful. But they need their ears cleaned out, teeth brushed, nails clipped, and fur groomed and they will FIGHT. They need a lot of toys or they can become depressed.

Wonderful? Yes. Friendly? Yes. Cute? Yes? Easy to care for? No.

I LOVE FERRETS! I only just recently got one and she is a female white albino with black eyes. They are not too expensive. I got Abbie for 150 dollars from unwanted fuzz and she is absolutly amazing! She loves getting walked on her harness every day and I love walking her too. We get along really well. At first she was a little nippy but all I had to do was scruff her on the neck a few times when she went to bite and then she was fine. Ferrets can be very funny and extremely entertaining. Abbie flips around in her cage all the time and is always being funny and adorable. She lives in a small cage with a pipe leading to a much bigger old cabinet with ramps all around and baby toys. ferrets are a great pet to have and pretty easy to feed.

They are beautiful creatures. But do require a lot of care. They love to be spoiled and cared for every second of the day. If you are planing to get one.. Make sure you are a stay at home person. They hate to be in there cages and love to roam. Every nook and cranny they can find they will explore. They are cute cuddly and warm. Need a best friend? Get one!

18 Tortoise

Big species of tortoise like sulcatas are very hardy when they turn to adults but they are not easy to care unless you have a big grassy garden and is hot all year long. If you meet those requirements you can just leave the tortoise outside and let it grass all day, give it a place to hide and occasional treats of flowers prickly cactus and lettuce and they'll most likely outlive you

They are really cute!

I have always wanted a tortoise, they cost a lot, only problem, how do you care, for them,

19 Ants Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera.

I love ants so much and funny story as a kid in 2nd grade along with 3rd grade I LOVED the tiny little bugs. One day I got one of those pink pencil boxes your teacher may give you and went to the large field at my school took grass, dirt, sticks, leaves, along with ants of course. I took them home and kept them in my room and gave them stuff like water in bottle caps along with food. As usual they died and it's been years but my love for ants have never died.

20 Rats Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.

My rats have always been my best friends. They're small but lovable, like a permanent pocket-sized puppy! Always get two- that'll keep each other entertained while you work.
Rats aren't nocturnal or diurnal, but instead are pretty much available when you are! Weekly cleanings are a minor drawback, but they don't smell & it's better than picking up dog poo with your hands daily. Exercise is simple- rather than long, muddy walks in the rain simply release them into a rat safe room.
Rats can learn dozens of tricks and are always up for a bit of grooming. They are actually cleaner then dogs due to their low exposure to germs outside.

Amazing, amazing, pets,
Differences between gender:
Well, the other one disturbs me so I'm going to say the stereo typical personality differences: males: lazy and love being petted and spoiled females: active and playful and will entertain you in or out of her cage.
Now the ratty shopping list!
-cage $50-100, just never make it a bin or cage topper!
-food $1-5 do research and make sure it's healthy!
-bedding $4-5 never get the scented kind!
-toys $10-15 get tons of chews, they need it!
-hide hut $5 every small pet needs to hide!
-water bottle $3 gulp, gulp, gulp, gulp, gulp, swallow!
-rat itself $5-20 you need it!
-cagemate 5-20 rats are very social!
That's pretty much it! Rats make wonderful pets so please get one! Preferably a feeder to save it from getting fed to a snake!

These little rodents are so easy to take care of they live in a cage that becomes messy very slowly, they eat cheap food and rarely become ill.
What more would you want to be classified as a low maintenance pet.
Don't get me wrong I love my pet fish, guinea pigs and cats, but a rat simply is so much less work than these.

For such a small animal, rats are extraordinarily affectionate and intelligent. If handled when young, they absolutely LOVE being with children - people in general. So sweet on the shoulder, sniffing and tickling your ears!

21 Mice A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is also a popular pet.

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 think mice are really cute! Mice should be easy to take care of. They eat pretty much anything, but be careful and don't feed them candy! Candy will make them sick and they will die quickly! Mice like Cheeto Puffs and cheese balls. experiment and find out what their favorite foods are. Don't feed them fast food or processed cheese (like the cheese squares that come in the packet) feed them cheese that was freshly made. At Whole Foods, there is a desk here they make cheese right there! Have fun with your mouse!

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.

22 Pig A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar, along with other species; related creatures outside the genus include the peccary, the babirusa, and the warthog.

I want a pig more than anything in the world!

Pigs = awesome and cute

Pigs are cute

23 Sea Monkeys

Sea monkeys can live two years and keep a family of sea monkeys going for more than a decade. Their bowl, tank, or jar never has to be cleaned. In fact, 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 phytoplankton. 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 don't take much caring for and I have to say they are pretty cool.

I want some sea monkeys I am getting some, I got $300 to buy what I want.
Sue L

24 Sugar Glider The sugar glider is a small, omnivorous, arboreal, and nocturnal gliding possum belonging to the marsupial infraclass.

This is my opinion, but I personally feel like sugar gliders aren't very good pets to keep and I don't think they should be like house pets. I certainly have done my research because I wanted one, but I realized when I was doing my research, these beautiful creatures should not be pets, but if you feel absolutely sure that you will give and provide all there necessities, care, etc. and give them lots of room and love them, then I guess you could get one, but just so you know, these animals are also wild. There not like a fish, a dog, or a cat. If you read this and still are very positive that you will get one, that's good for you and good to you and your little buddy.

I have been ddoing a lot of research about them that is what I have done all day long. But, they are extremely expensive the supplies aren't what are expensive but since the sugar gliders are exotic animals they are hard to find.baby sugar gliders are about $200-$400 if they are 8 to 12 weeks old that said they would be very fun non-maintenance animals to happen but you have to be able to have a lot of free time in your day to play with them and be aware of everything that could harm them

I have 8 and they haven't ever bitten me! Maybe a little nibble but it doesn't hurt. I love them and they are the cutest things ever. But yes very expensive. And you have to be committed.

They are so cute

25 Butterfly Butterflies 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.

No they are not easy pets, and usually live a few weeks in captivity. These animals deserve to be free, and fly around, not kept in a small cage.

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

Butterflys are NOT house pets. They need a medium, large outdoor natural enclosure (NOT made of fence or wire).

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

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