Easiest House Pets to Take Care Of

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1 Fish

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

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.

Fish can be difficult to care for, but gold fish can spread like a plague. Take my pond, put gold fish in it and don't feed them. They strived. Then, I tried to add mosquito fish. They did ok(They ended up dying in the end.) But my tadpoles were the hardest because those fish ate them. I tried to kill these fish and they still survived, eating everything in my pond. Eventually I got rid of all the big ones, but there are STILL small ones in the pond, waiting to grow up and reproduce. Now the tadpoles are striving, but before, I got TWO leopard frogs to survive, and a few toads, the toads left and somehow found a new water source, they return every now and then though. Thank god the leopard frogs are still young enough to have eggs, they did once but the eggs didn't last a day. Now I have a pond with a couple of damsel flies, snails and tadpoles. Long story short: Fish may not live long, but once a few generations get going then they are impossible to get rid of.

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

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!

Untrue they don't like to be handled for very long amounts of time especially during the day they will eventually get used to being handled more but hamsters aren't the best pet for handling. They're fun and cute to watch especially when they stuff their faces. Limit handling to about 10 minutes at a time maybe twice a day. Although all hamsters have personality so some may like to be handled more than the next. Enjoy info from an animal expert and have a nice day! - ThatSuddenExpert

Should be number 1. people think fish have short lives because they are horrible at doing research. As someone who breeds coral and maintains aquariums fish should be at the bottom.

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3 Lizard 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.

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.

They are very affordable And cute

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4 Worms

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 great 5-minute pets that you don't really need to care for if you put it back

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5 Turtle Turtle

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.

Oh no. I had a box turtle for some time, you know, the one you hold, play with. Ya no. If your planning on getting a turtle, definitely do not count on having a bond with it. Really all it was was cleaning out a muggy, salmonella tank and oh it was horrible. I personally am an all-rodent person so maybe the turtle thing just didn't work out for me, but I suggest you get a turtle only if you are 100% reptile person and are willing to do the dirty work.

Zturtles are the best pet to have and are definitely the easiest

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6 Snails

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 the enjoy a damp environment easy to make their food they need a home depending on their size fill their home with food and leaves and rocks and mud and soil and sticks. It is normal for them two climb on the roof. They love playing with you in your garden, after playing wash your hands. Get 2 snails. I love them

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

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7 Dog Dog Domesticated house hold pets 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.

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 ...more

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.

Dogs are actually pretty hard to take care of

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8 Cat 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 colours and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated.

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

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.

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!

day good

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

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.

African Clawed Frogs are easy to care for, similar to fish. You just need a big enough tank and a pack of bloodworms that you store in your freezer.

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10 Bird

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.

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 LOVE BIRDS!

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The Contenders

11 Guinea Pig 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, their 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 their 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 it get a Guinea pig. I do all the work for them, I pay for them, and I'm not going to lie, their a lot of work sometimes.

Hi I have two guinea pigs. They're definitely not little kid pet. The need daily interaction and play time from you. There cage need to be big. The cage cannot be the average pet store cage. They need a buddy 24/7 or they will be depressed. But there are plenty of plusses of keeping guinea pigs. They each have their own personality. I say the perfect age of getting a guinea pig is 10 years old.

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!

Guinnie pigs are very loving animals although it is sometimes a hassle to clean out their cages they are definitely the pet to have

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12 Butterfly 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.

They are pretty, sweet and cool

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

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

I think a butterfly would be a great pet for me! ~

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13 Insect

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 had a "colony" (for lac of a better word) of earthworms when I was 10, the only reason they died out is because a squirrel knocked the glass jar off of where it was standing, so it broke killed half the worms and the rest of them fug into the soil underneath the glass. Sad story but this spring I will look for another few, (I save them from drying up on the road or just find them spontaneously, yes I basically used to hospitalize Earthworms)

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

They are not the coolest but they must be the easiest.

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14 Hermit Crabs

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!

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.

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,

I don't have a hermit crab but I want one.they are cool. they are cute. help me.

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15 Hedgehog

My sisters' friend has a hedgehog and they live 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 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!

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.

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. - Baking_lover

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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.

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

Very nice pets really easy to take care of.

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

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17 Rabbit Rabbit Rabbits 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 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!

Do they smell? - Baking_lover

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18 Aqua Dragon

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

I've had aqua dragons and they are amazing to watch grow

Aqua Dragons are awesome!

Aqua dragons suck you can only see them with a magnifying glass and they die after a couple of weeks. Mine died in 1 and 1/2 weeks :( - Hollyleaf54

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19 Snake 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.

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

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 than 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.

I've had most common pets and I really think snakes are the easiest, and I'm shocked they're not further up the list. Easier than fish or hamsters for sure. No mental stimulation or toys needed, no complicated diet, they only need to be fed once a week to every three weeks depending on species and size, very cheap in upkeep, very little cleaning, they don't make any noise, don't destroy things, and can easily be left as long as they have light, heating and water. The only downsides are that the cage needs to be 100% escape-proof, and... I forgot the other one.

Sneks are the best

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20 Tortoise

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

They are really cute!

I luuv my new pet tortoise

Epic! very easy to take care of but sometimes can bite

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