Pets are great for apartment living since they are tiny, quiet, and do not require outdoor space. They don’t bother your neighbors or harm your house. They are as playful and affectionate as dogs and cats. Discover 12 exotic pets appropriate for apartments, condos, and other compact living areas.
People maintain almost 50 different breeds of rabbits as pets. Most are companionable social animals. Apartment-friendly rabbits can be litter-box trained, self-groom and are reasonably quiet. Many individuals let their rabbits roam freely in their houses, giving them exercise. Keeping rabbits has some drawbacks. Bunny-proof your home by avoiding exposed cords and only letting the rabbit roam in non-carpeted or rug-free areas.
Mice don’t need a lot of room or a big cage. One of the reasons they are good pets for tiny areas is their size. They are also quiet, meticulous groomers who are easy to care for. Their lively behaviors are entertaining to witness. They can be tamed if handled regularly and fed by hand.
6–7 inch LENGTH
1 to 2 oz.
Features: a pointed nose, short round ears, and a long scaly tail.
No-pet apartment leases frequently accept hamsters, which are good apartment pets because they are small. And they don’t shed. Most allergy sufferers can live with a hamster. 1 Regular handling will tame hamsters. They only need 2 cubic feet of space with an exercise wheel, chewables, a hiding location and food and water.
2 – 13 in
Short tails, stubby legs, and short ears; colors include black, grey, brown, white, yellow, red, or a mix of hues.
Guinea pigs are friendly and easy to handle. They vocalize a “wheek” sound that is not loud enough to disturb neighbors in an apartment. Their cages are also manageable. These rats require a cage of at least 7-8 square feet. They don’t climb, thus it doesn’t need to be more than a foot or 18 inches tall. They enjoy having time to socialize, explore, and play. Like other pets, make sure there are no exposed cables or wooden fixtures.
8-16 inch LENGTH
WEIGHT: 1.5-2.5 lbs
Characteristics: Small, robust bodies with no tail, huge head with attentive eyes, powerful short legs with four front toes and three rear toes, all with sharp claws; colors: black, beige, chocolate cream cinnamon gold lemon lilac red silver white
Hedgehogs require a cage that is at least 2 feet by 3 feet in size. They don’t mind if you’re gone throughout the day. Hedgehogs are hypoallergenic because they are quiet and emit little dander. They’re usually quiet and alone. A disadvantage is that they are unlawful or require licenses in some states; verify your state rules on exotic pets before adopting one.
LENGTH: 4-12 IN
Cone-shaped faces, short legs, spine-covered bodies (like porcupine quills), may roll into a ball
Many frog species require little room, making them excellent for compact residences. Most frogs need a 10-gallon or 20-gallon tank. If you want a pet to look at and admire, this is the correct pick. They require little care and just eat a few times a week. There are four species of pet frogs: aquatic (African clawed frogs), semi-aquatic (Oriental fire-bellied toads), and huge but stationary (American green tree frogs) (Pacman frogs). Male frogs sing, making them a noisy pet, but not loud enough to bother the neighbors.
LENGTH: 1-13 in
1 ounce to 6 lbs
BODY: Two protruding eyes; strong, long, webbed hind feet; smooth or slimy skin; colors vary.
Exotic Pets to Avoid
It is possible to train exotic pets to do tricks, converse, or retrieve objects for you. Parrots, for example, need a larger enclosure and more time outside than a small apartment to fly. Loud birds like macaws and amazons are known to disturb neighbors.
Monkeys are fun, but they require a lot of mental and physical activity. Primates often enrich themselves by destroying stuff or causing havoc in your home. Pot-bellied pigs, for example, may naturally burrow and ruin a rental property. Aquatic turtles can be kept in an apartment as infants, but they can grow enormous and require a tank of at least 120 gallons.