Think Outside the Dog: The Best Pets for Apartment Living

Want to live somewhere where you don’t have to shovel snow, mow the lawn, or do any maintenance projects? How about an apartment?

All you have to do is pay rent and go about your day. However, a drawback to apartment living is that there are limitations to the kinds and sizes of animals you can have.

While most apartments allow small dogs, that’s not your only option.

Dogs aren’t for everyone. They’re needy and require a lot of care. Additionally, a bored dog can cause a lot of destruction.

Read on for the best pets for an apartment!

Cats, of Course

Cats or dogs: the debate that has gone on for centuries.

Cats can make the best pets for any size apartment. They’re incredibly low-maintenance. Aside from food and water, they basically take care of themselves. The personality of cats, however, vary greatly. Some cats are super friendly cuddle monsters who love attention. On the other hand, we have all met those anti-social cats that seem to have no desire to be touched or looked at by you.

Depending on what you need from a pet, a cat may or may not be the way to go. Additionally, there is always the gamble of what kind of personality it will have too.

Cockatoos

Birds can also make fantastic pets, but cockatoos can make the best pets. Cockatoos are extremely intelligent creatures and can even learn how to talk.  They have big personalities and bigger hearts. Cockatoos are known for being surprisingly affectionate with their owners, to the point of being clingy. They make good pets as well as excellent friends.

However, cockatoos demand a lot of care and attention, they are not a good fit for lazy pet owners. A cockatoo that is kept too confined can eventually exhibit aggressive and self-harming behaviors.

 

Ferrets

Ferrets are animals often overlooked while people are looking for the best pets to have. Ferrets in the wild can be aggressive and quite intimidating. However, domesticated ferrets are kind of like cats. They can be trained to use a litter box and can be very affectionate with their owners.

Also like cats, ferrets sleep for a good part of the day and are incredibly curious animals. They are quiet for the most part, but all develop individual personalities.

A downside (maybe) to owning a ferret is that it is often advised to have at least two, due to the social dynamic of a ferret’s nature. They love to play and explore, and that type of stuff is always better with a friend.

The Best Pets Are the Pets You Love

Regardless of the animals you decide are the best pets, one thing is always certain. If you choose to be a pet owner, you are making a commitment to yourself and that animal. It deserves to be treated with love, kindness, and respect.

With the right care and ownership, a pet can be the best thing in your life. When you’ve had a bad day, your animal is always waiting at home to cheer you up, just to be your friend.

Before adopting any pet, contact your leasing office to find out what types and sizes of pets they allow. 

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