Last updated on May 23rd, 2021 at 02:40 am
Small and beautiful that can fit into your pocket. They are furry, can be fondled and are friendly. Yes, this is
about hamsters. This also falls into the easy to care pets division. Syrian hamsters are popular and grow just to about 17 cms in length, then you have the Roborovski dwarf hamster that is just 7 cms. Syrian Hamsters are the most popular, Chinese hamsters are smaller than their Syrian cousins. Just like their rodent cousins, hamsters are nocturnal and are apt for younger kids. These are confined to cages and can be left alone with foo0d, water and toys. They can even survive for a week without any human intervention. Buy a pair and they will have company, but make sure they are of opposite sex because same sex repel. Hamsters stay happily in their cage and prefer to live in solitude. Depending on the breed, the hamster lives alone or with company. These rodents reproduce quickly and if you have a caged opposite sex pair, be prepared for a large family of hamsters. The breeding period is just about two weeks.
Hamsters feed on seeds, cracked corn, pellets, fresh grains and nuts. Try fresh fruits and vegetables as well. Keep the cage clean and free of leftover food. Clean water should be available round the clock. Housekeeping for soiled bedding or droppings is important to maintain their good health. Nature has blessed hamsters with continuously growing teeth; therefore make sure they have something to munch on like a dog biscuit or a piece of twig. Vet care is necessary if you spot weight loss, matted fur or diarrhoea.
Fish can make awesome pets. They are colorful, harmless, easy to maintain and enjoyable. With people moving
to smaller houses, it may become necessary to choose smaller pets and fish have become a popular choice. People who do not have the time and money to adopt high maintenance companions can often afford fish. Watching them glide in water can be very calming. They are less expensive to maintain and all that requires is proper environment and knowledge.
Apart from initial costs of setting up a tank, air filter, water plants or fake plants, water conditioner, net and some toys there are few expenses. Food pellets are available in the pet store and can be used to feed the fish. Tank cleaning is the only activity that can take a little of your busy schedule.
In addition, fish do not suffer from separation pangs and can be left alone for days, as long as they are fed.
Fish can add decor to your home and can be trained to interact with their owners. Start with a small bowl before expanding into an aquarium. Low maintenance fish like goldfish can be easier when compared to expensive and bigger varieties. Taking little lessons on how to maintain a fish in confined space can do wonders. Aquariums can give you an idea on what type of temperature, pH, food, tank, filters to use. There are certain breeds that live alone but most of the ornamental fish can coexist with other breeds. Choose a tank depending on the size and quantity of fish. It is really fun to watch these colorful creatures gliding in water.
Just like fish, birds are also colorful additions to your family. But they are not as easy to take care as fish.
These are intelligent pets and require lot of attention and care. These feathery friends take more time than your furry or scaly companions. Birds are known to flock together, therefore get them a pair to keep them occupied.
Depending on the size of the bird get a cage. Give them room to spread their wings. There are some species of bird that live up to 50 years and are therefore a lifelong commitment. Their diet habits are complex and may need daily preparation. Fresh fruits and vegetables cut to size can be fed depending on the breed.
Be careful while picking a bird. They can be expensive and come with lot of responsibilities. Some exotic birds are also available, with a big price and extra maintenance. Some of the birds in demand are Finch, these are inexpensive and need little human intervention. Budgerigar is a small parrot that is easy to care for, while the canary is a good first bird.
These long eared, light weight burrowing animals definitely can turn out to be your best friend.
Rabbits are indoor animals that can make great pets, even with limited space. They are usually caged and there are more than 60 varieties of rabbits to choose from. Rabbits can live for about 10 years and are gentle animals that have to be taken care of. The have a delicate digestive system and need a special diet. Feed them the right nutrients and they will live happily.
Ensure that these are kept in a quiet environment. Rabbits are vegetarian and should be spayed or neutered. Rabbits have to be kept away from predators. Rabbits can be litter-box trained, like cats..
Rabbits are social animals and need special affection. Choosing the right breed can make your petting experience pleasurable. Rabbits can multiply quickly; with proper training you can start breeding them. Rabbits can be useful as well, as rabbit manure can be a great fertilizer for your garden. Raising rabbits can be a fun experience
Happy go lucky turtles can be the right pet for your small home. These slow reptiles can work out to be the
right pet for you. Turtles live a long life, up to 40 years. There are varieties of species of turtles available and these can form a great hobby. Turtles need special care; they are unique. Turtles need a big tank and lot of maintenance. The tank needs to be cleaned regularly, as they are messy animals. These are expensive pets and require a huge tank, heaters, filters, food and medicine to keep them going healthy. Another important attribute about turtles are they cannot be moved to your neighbours or friends place while you go on a vacation, as they live in specialized habitat. As the turtle grows, they will need a bigger tank, the more spacious your home the better.
Beginners are recommended to choose species that are easy to maintain. Painted turtles are colorful and attractive to have as pets. They are a low maintenance creature and are pleasant. Common musk turtles are smaller in size and are friendly. Slider turtles are easy to care for, but will need bigger tanks as they grow. For every inch of their size, 10 gallons of water is required. Turtles are available at pet shops or check with your veterinarian.
Turtles can adapt to new environments easily, so adopting an adult turtle can be fun. Turtles can be fed with insects, but worms and food pellets are also available at the pet store. Place a few rocks and they can act as toys for your new pet. Much exercise is not required. Keep a dry area and shallow water bed to help them rehydrate.
Snakes can definitely make a novel pet and little handling lessons can tame them. If you thought that all
snakes are poisonous, then it is time to change your idea. These are very special pets and though not commonly chosen as pets can be easy to take care of. The life expectancy of a snake is more than 20 years. There are exclusive snake breeders that can help you identify the right breed for your home.
Choose a healthy reptile of reasonable size. Beginners can choose Corn Snake, Ball Pythons or King and Milk Snakes. Do not opt for large or venomous snakes, as they need expert training and their requirements are often difficult to satisfy. Beginners should stay away from Burmese Pythons, water snakes, green snakes and Tree Boas. Never go near Reticulated Pythons, Cobra or Anacondas.
Pre killed prey are available in frozen form and these can be used as treats for your pet snake. Keep an exclusive ice box to store frozen snake prey. These could be frozen rodents or insects. Snakes are prone to break loose and hence build an escape-proof tank. Keep a warm and cool area in the tank as they are prone to shift between warm and cooler temperatures. Snakes are beautiful creatures and can be a great companion. Pick the right species and enjoy your reptile pet.
Domestic Ferrets are available at pet shops. First timers can opt for adult ferret because young ones are
difficult to maintain as they are energetic. They are loving animals that love to cuddle and play. There are long haired and short haired types, so choose one that suits your environment. Getting it from a reputed breeder can ensure that they are healthy. Sd. The cage requires regular cleaning to keep them healthy. Under strict supervision they can be let out to play indoors. They live up to to 10 years and have a strong personality.
The color of the coat of Ferret can change during the course of time, so while buying one ensure that the coat is soft and glossy. Signs of healthy ferret include bright eyes, clean teeth, trimmed nails, clean ears, healthy coat, active and alert to noise.
10. Hermit Crabs
Hermit Crabs are cheap and easy to take care of. Just give them food, water and shelter and they will typically turn out to
be great companions. These are highly sociable animals that grow upto 6 inches and change shells during their lifetime. They are docile and form great domestic animals. They come cheap and the maintenance cost also is very affordable. Moreover, they are hypoallergenic and unassertive. Hermit crabs live on land and water, but spend most of their time in the ocean. Therefore, it is best to keep a bowl of salt water in their habitat.
These can make happy pets as they do not require much of your attention and left in pairs can take care of themselves. Hermit crabs do not reproduce in captivity and very rarely will the female lay eggs. Professional breeder use sophisticated techniques to breed them in confinement.
Just like snakes, Hermit crabs also shed their skin periodically, this take place between 4 to 8 weeks. Shell changes also occur where they shed their old shell after taking refuge in a new one, after a lot of work to do so. Give them an option of shells, as they tend to be choosy. The shed shell can be used as a decorative item. Paint the old shell and place them back in the tank for better appeal. A new shell will be available at the pet store. It should always be about 1/3 bigger than the previous one.
A plastic aquarium can hold herbit crabs with some pebbles at the bottom. Their food is affordable and is readily available from your vet or pet shop. They are nocturnal animals that live in groups, so be sure your pet has a companion.
This ends the list of good east pets to take care of. Pick one suitable to your needs and all the best.