Pets are wonderful, rewarding additions to your family. If you think you don’t have time for proper care, you may be surprised to find out that there are options for you.
Having a pet can be a huge commitment. Although you may not be ready for a cat or dog, there’s still a lot of adorable pets that can be perfect for your household.
Read on for our list of the 7 adorable pets that are easy to care for.
1. Guinea Pig
Guinea pets make adorable pets for active families with younger children, elementary school-aged and older. These pets are easy to care for and are often very affectionate and curious towards their owners. With proper care, they are generally very healthy animals that require minimal veterinary care aside from routine checkups.
These adorable pets range in size from 8 to about 11 inches long. Their diet consists mainly of hay and fresh vegetables, accompanied with a vitamin c supplement and some pelleted food formulated especially for guinea pigs. They also require fresh water daily.
Guinea pigs also require a decently large cage with plenty of space to move around. This should be lined with paper bedding and spot cleaned every day. The entire cage should be cleaned out every week and the bedding should also be completely replaced.
The most important thing that these adorable pets require is lots of attention. Guinea pigs are very social creatures with fun, individual personalities. If you are thinking of getting one of these easy-to-care-for pets, just be sure you are able to provide them with the love, attention, and exercise that they need.
Rabbits are adorable pets that may be perfect for you if you’re looking for an affectionate companion that requires less work than a puppy or kitten. A pet rabbit is an ideal pet for older children, as they can be skittish and more fragile than other small pets.
Pet rabbits eat a diet that consists mainly of hay, fresh greens, fresh vegetables, pelleted rabbit food, and fresh water daily. They are very quiet and don’t require a lot of space, making them ideal if you’re looking for a pet for your small home or apartment.
The adorable pets have a lot of personality. They tend to bond closely with their owners and can even be trained to do tricks. They are also easily litter box trained to keep your home clean.
Rabbits don’t need to be walked or kept in large enclosures to keep them exercised and happy. What they really need is an hour or more outside their cage every day to explore. Just be sure to bunny-proof the space where they’ll be roaming, as rabbits love to chew everything and can easily get hurt if there are any hazards.
3. Rats: Bad Reputation, Adorable Pets
Despite being known as pests, rats are actually curious, adorable pets that bond closely with their owners. They are generally very sweet and gentle, making them great pets for children and adults alike.
Because rats are social creatures, it’s important to have more than one in order to keep them happy. They require a somewhat large enclosure in addition to plenty of time spent exploring outside of the cage.
These adorable pets are very easy to care for and easy to handle. They make wonderful pets for a caring and attentive household.
Hamsters are distant relatives of the guinea pig and make adorable pets that are fairly low-maintenance. They are very tiny and don’t require a great deal of space in order to be happy.
Hamsters are active mainly at night and prefer to nap during the day. This makes them a more ideal pet for older children (aged 8 and up) who can understand not to bother them while they are asleep during the day. Because of their nocturnal nature, they shouldn’t be in a space where their noisy nighttime activity will be an issue.
A healthy, balanced diet for these adorable pets consists mainly of pelleted hamster food, hay, some fresh fruit and vegetables, and occasional treats such as nuts, mealworms, or boiled eggs. In addition to this, they also require lots of fresh water daily.
A good hamster cage setup includes a small enclosure with bedding, toys, a food dish, and an exercise wheel. These tiny animals may take longer to get used to humans, but when they do, they can often be very sweet and affectionate.
A non-aquatic turtle is perhaps one of the most easy-to-care-for pets that you can get. Although they’re not furry or cuddly, they can still make very adorable pets.
Pet turtles require a tank or terrarium, the bigger the better, with fresh water for swimming and a heat lamp for basking. A thermometer should be used to keep land and water temperatures ideal for your turtle’s needs.
Feeding your turtle a diet of turtle pellets, vegetables, and even some small fish is perfect for keeping them happy and healthy. They are sturdy, low-maintenance creatures that children often enjoy.
If you’re considering one of these adorable pets, the most important thing to do is commit to providing clean water for them. Water should be changed daily in order to keep them at optimal health. They also have a long lifespan of 30-40 years, which is quite a commitment for keeping a pet.
6. Leopard Gecko
Leopard geckos make tame, adorable pets that require little space and interaction. These small lizards are mild-mannered, easy to handle, and easy to care for as pets.
Because they’re so small, leopard geckos require a much smaller tank than some other reptiles. These enclosures, called vivariums, require lots of hiding places and close monitoring of temperature and humidity.
Leopard geckos eat mostly insects to stay healthy, such as crickets and mealworms. They make perfect pets for those with a busy lifestyle, as they are content to stay in their cage with little interaction.
7. Freshwater Fish
Freshwater fish are simple to maintain, yet make adorable pets with tons of varieties to choose from.
Setting up a tank of freshwater fish can be a lot of work up front, but is relatively easy to maintain afterward. You should have a filter and a heater to keep your fish happy. Other than that, you should clean the fish tank regularly in order to keep your fish healthy.
Getting a pet is a major decision that should be researched very thoroughly. Luckily, there are some adorable pets out there that require less work than others. As long as you are ready to commit to proper care, adding a pet to your family can be a very rewarding experience.
For more tips on caring for animal friends, check out our pets blog.