The Best Pets For Small Studio Apartments (That Are Low Maintenance)

The Best Pets For Small Studio Apartments (That Are Low Maintenance)

I know it does not come off as heartfelt as it perhaps should, we’re talking about our pet friends here after all. But I think it’s important to keep realistic. So let’s delve into the question: what are the best pets for small studio apartments and those who are low maintenance?

For some of us, a hectic city lifestyle means having to think of more practical living arrangements. Those living in studio apartments or condos, for instance, often times have limited space and freedom for things that usually come with owning a pet, especially the larger ones.

If you’ve been searching for a pet that can fit into your life and your space, then you’ve come to the right place.

Rest assured that as an apartment dweller looking for a pet that you can raise without having to devote too much space and maintenance, there are plenty of options out there for you to consider.

Small Apartment Pet Pals Are Actually a Trend

As the trend of minimalism and low maintenance living continues to soar - coincidentally with soaring costs of living worldwide, sadly - everyone is looking for small apartment pet pals that are both human-friendly and low maintenance.

Luckily, there are plenty of companion animals that fit the bill.

Below are a few of my favorites.

1. Cats

Cats are most definitely the first choice when it comes to small apartment pets - we wrote more on the specific breeds here. To name one, tabby cats, known for their distinctive coat patterns, are a famous and beloved type of domestic feline that often exhibit friendly and affectionate behaviors. Not only are they relatively low-maintenance, but they’re also a great emotional companion.

I think the chart of cats is that they are incredibly independent, playful, and cuddly, but at the same time generally low energy.

Time spent sleeping is never time wasted to a cat! That definitely helps to make them the perfect addition to almost any living situation.

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2. Dogs

For those looking for a more playful and cuddlier low maintenance pick, small-breed dogs are great options.

Small-breed dogs, such as Chihuahuas, pugs, or Maltese, are also great companions, as they are also adaptable to small spaces and have playful, cheerful personalities.

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Now, on the other hand, if you’re looking for a pet that is low on mess without being a lap animal, you’ve got even more options!

3. Fish

Fish are often sought after, as they’re considered to be incredibly calming to watch and don’t require much upkeep.

Fish are another great option, as they don’t require that much space or attention, and they come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Whether you opt for a freshwater tank or a saltwater aquarium, keeping up with your fish’s diet and tank cleanliness is manageable and time efficient.

And the best part? Watching your fish swim actually has such a soothing and relaxing effect that it might get more appealing than staring into your phone the whole time. What helps here is to make your aquarium really aesthetically pleasing.

4. Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs are another low-maintenance pet option for small spaces. To take care of them, all you need is a dry and humid environment, a diet of vegetable matter and proteins, and regular cleaning. Unless you enjoy the sound of their chirping shells, hermit crabs are also fairly quiet.

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5. Gerbils

Gerbils also require minimal space and maintenance and make great pets for small, enclosed places. They are active, friendly, and social little creatures that get along well with their owners. As an added bonus, gerbils are odorless pets, and so as long as you keep their habitat clean and fresh, you won’t have to worry about any bad smells.

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6. Hamsters

Hamsters and guinea pigs are playful and funny, but they are not a lap pet, if you’re the kind of person who does not like to be crawled on the whole time. They are also great pocket pets, as they need limited living space and provide ongoing entertainment.

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As you can see, anyone who is settling into the low maintenance lifestyle can find the perfect pet pal that’s both lovely and low maintenance.

Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the joys of having a pet. A careful and informed decision can help you make the right choice for you and your little furry friend.

No matter which pet you decide to get, make sure to do your research beforehand. Each of them requires a particular set of care and maintenance, and you want to make sure that you can provide your pet with everything it needs.

What small pets do the celebrities prefer?

The first celebrity is actress and singer, Ariana Grande. Ariana Grande has an adorable pet pig named Piggy Smallz, who she frequently features on her social media channels. This pet is ideal for small studio apartments as it requires minimal space, and it also doesn’t require tons of exercise or playtime. In addition, it doesn’t make a lot of noise — a perfect low maintenance pet!

Next on the list is Jennifer Aniston. Aniston keeps a sedate and elegant pet: two turtle doves, whom she adopted from a local wildlife rescue center. Turtles doves make good small studio apartment dwellers since they don’t need a lot of space, and they don’t need to be walked. In addition, their cooing is far quieter than barking or meowing, making them ideal low maintenance pets.

Last but not least, is Jessica Alba. Alba is another believer in low maintenance pets for small studio apartments, having kept a flurry of pet birds over the years. Small breeds of birds, such as finches or canaries, require little maintenance and very little space, making them great pets for small studios. In addition, they provide pleasant chirping music instead of loud barks — perfect for low maintenance lifestyles.

Overall, when choosing a pet for a small studio apartment or a low maintenance lifestyle, there are a few celebrity-approved options to choose from. From pet pigs to turtles doves to finches, there is something for everyone!