Best and Worst Pets for Apartment Living (Infographic)
by Lorie Huston, DVM on September 26, 2013
Apartment dwellers are pet lovers, just like most of the rest of us. But when you live in an apartment, space may be at a premium. What type of pets are good for apartment dwellers? A lot will depend on the likes and the dislikes of the individual person or family. But here are some suggestions from ForRent.com that may help you narrow down your decision.
When you look at the infographic, you will see some tips about animals to avoid. I agree that keeping chimpanzees and poisonous snakes is not a good choice for any apartment dweller, or for most pet owners in other situations for that matter. However, even if you decide to keep a dog, cat, ferret, guinea pig, hamster, or some other type of more suitable pet, you still have an obligation to make sure you can provide for that pet’s basic needs. Those needs will likely require both a financial and a physical commitment.
In example, as a former (and hopefully future) fish keeper, I can vouch for the fact that watching an aquarium is a relaxing and enjoyable pasttime. However, fish keeping requires work to keep your fish healthy. You can’t simply put them in a tank of water, add food, and never maintain the tank. There are water changes that need to be done, filters that need to be cleaned, water quality that needs to be monitored. There are also some fish species that grow too large for all but the biggest aquariums. Though many of these fish are commonly sold in fish stores and pet shops, they are best kept by hobbyists or public aquariums that have the means to care for them. Examples include piranhas, pacus, arrowanas, and others. These fish require tanks in the 200+ gallon range and larger. Obviously not an aquarium the average apartment dweller will be able to provide. Even that little goldfish you commonly see in a “goldfish bowl” doesn’t honestly belong in a small bowl of water. Goldfish are carp and, under optimal conditions, will grow quite large. They belong in an aquarium large enough to suit their needs.
Bottom line – do your research before you bring any pet home with you. Be prepared to care for that pet through its entire lifetime. If you cannot do so, don’t bring the pet home.
This article is posted and shared through the courtesy of the Pet Health Care Gazette