I live in an apartment that doesn't allow dogs and I've been dying to get a pet. My neighbors have cats, but I'm not sure that cats are the right fit for me, so I've spent some time researching apartment friendly pets online trying to find the right fit for my personality and needs.
There are various types of pets that don't take up too much space in a small apartment and I have been weighing the pros and cons of each potential pet that I would like to welcome into my home:
Reptiles and Amphibians:
Owning reptiles as pets requires a terrarium, a heat lamp, and special dietary needs (i.e. crickets or mice). I'd consider owning reptiles for their "cool" value vs. their companionship. An iguana or a snake won't exactly cuddle next to you in the bed at night; however, the featured photo begs to differ.
Small critters are soft and cute. Personally, I'd much rather put a chinchilla or hamster in my lap vs. a gecko or toad. The downside of owning a small critter is the noise factor. I had a guinea pig as a kid and it loved to squeal every morning. Also, don't forget that hamsters love to work out on their wheel and have zero concept for time.
- Guinea Pig
Birds can be a lot of fun, especially if you own a parrot and you can teach it to repeat some of your favorite phrases. However, just as birds can be lovely and charming with their chirping, I'd prefer not to have a bird tweet as our alarm clock in the morning.
Fish are pretty easy to take care of when they only require a couple of flakes of food a day and an occasional cleaning of their tank. They don't bark, require a litter box, or make much noise at all, but they can lack personality and I think I'd have a hard time developing an owner-pet bond with a fish.
And, finally, an important bit of info: when deciding on any pet, first talk with your landlord to make sure that particular pet is approved.
(Images: Flickr member Iggy via Creative Commons, Flickr member Shika Kaoin via Creative Commons, Flickr member Briannaorg via Creative Commons)