10 Best Pets for Apartments and Small Spaces

Woman with a cute chinchilla
Image Credit: Freepik.

A small apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have your favorite pet. These small and manageable pets won’t judge you for not having a manicured lawn they can relax on or a spacious swimming pool for lounging. They take you as you are, whether you are a wishful pet parent living in an apartment or a small space. So, get ready to meet your future pet companion.

1. Rabbit

Image Credit: Freepik.

You may not know this, but there are about 50 breeds of rabbits to choose from. These social companions are quiet, self-groomed, and litter-box trainable. Most people prefer to let them roam freely in their apartments and small spaces, which helps them get in their hops for the day. However, if you allow rabbits to roam freely, watch out for their digging and chewing habits. No one wants to come home to a chewed-up rug or cables.

2. Reptiles

Image Credit: Freepik.

Most people prefer to choose between snakes and lizards. Reptiles are common pets for people who don’t want noisy and high-maintenance pets. Other than being easy to care for, Reptiles fit into small spaces or apartments easily because their enclosures can be custom-made to your liking. If you are afraid about the length that snakes grow to, don’t be. Most snakes grow to the size of their enclosures, making them fit right into the space you provide. Here are suggestions of reptiles you can decide to keep – 

  • Green Iguana
  • Blue-tongued skinks
  • Corn snake
  • Turtle
  • Leopard gecko
  • Bearded dragon
  • Tortoise
  • Savannah monitor
  • Green anole

3. Frogs

Image Credit: Freepik.

The best part about getting a frog as a pet is how small its tank is. The recommended tank size for a frog is between 10 and 20 gallons. It’s a good pet display option, low maintenance, and cost-effective. What about the croaking, right? Well, male frogs tend to be louder than female ones. However, it won’t be loud enough for you to get a stun warning from your neighbors. Some of the popular pet frogs are –

  • American Bullfrog
  • American green tree frog
  • South American horned frog
  • Tomato frogs
  • Red-eyed tree frog

4. Chinchilla

Woman with a cute chinchilla
Image Credit: Freepik.

Have you ever been at work and thought about your pet being bored and lonely because you aren’t home? Well, not Chinchillas. These nocturnal and playful rodents are what you need in your home. They are odorless and clean, making them the best apartment pets for clean-freaks. Additionally, they bond with their owners from a young age and fit in space-friendly cages.

5. Guinea Pigs

Image Credit: Freepik.

A Guinea Pig is a social butterfly that enjoys exploring its surroundings any chance it gets. Apart from the expected cable cord and plant chewing and gnawing on wood furnishings, Guinea Pigs are quiet, and their cages are small enough to hold them and fit into a small space. The average guinea pig cage should be about 8 to 9 square feet.

6. Tarantulas

Image Credit: Freepik.

Are spiders fascinating to you? A Tarantula might be what you need in your home. Low maintenance and cost-effective, spiders don’t need to eat every day, making it easier to travel. All you should do is ensure it’s safe and secure inside its aquarium. You might also want to ask the pet store about the venom of your pet. Pet stores advise against handling a pet Tarantula, even though most Tarantula venom is not lethal,

7. Hamsters

Image Credit: Freepik.

Furry, cute, and quiet, what’s not to like about a Hamster? When handled regularly, a hamster is easy to tame and has never-ending perks. It’s low maintenance, clean, doesn’t shed fur, and doesn’t trigger allergies. To make it more comfortable in its space, you will need a small cage with water, food, a hiding spot, things to chew, an exercise wheel, and absorbent bedding. Additionally, the hamster is a good conversation starter for your guests.

8. Ferrets

Image Credit: Freepik.

Are you looking for a friendly and playful pet? Well, the ferret is right up your alley. Unlike the other pets, ferrets require more living space because of their playful nature. However, this shouldn’t scare you away from getting one. Ferrets are quiet and perfect for apartments. It’s almost like they are born to live with humans. Apart from ferret-proofing your home from unsafe hiding spots and escapes, you should prepare for the mischief. 

9. Cats

Image Credit: Freepik.

Cats are cuddly, cute, and low maintenance. Other than preparing for escapes, cats know their way home and will get home without you having to send a search party. Cats are self-sufficient. However, steer clear from them if you have allergies because most cat breeds shed their fur. Before you settle on adopting a cat, check its characteristics to ensure a smooth transition for both of you. 

10. Birds

Image Credit: Freepik.

Keeping a bird as a pet is a challenging but rewarding task. Most birds are intelligent and curious, so you’ll have to keep them occupied in their cages with toys. Birdproofing the home against escapes will be a stressful task. You might get a panic attack at your office desk during the first weeks because you forgot if you double-checked the cage lock. However, don’t let this stop you from bonding with these cute and social creatures. The most common bird pets in apartments and small spaces are –

  • Parrots
  • Budgies
  • Finches
  • Doves
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Cockatoo

Read More: 10 Exotic House Plants That Can Solve Your Decor Problems

Monstera tree in pot
Image Credit: Freepik.

Decorating your home can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Think of the hassle of creating a cohesive space with furniture and decor; that can be a challenge. Good thing house plants are easy to introduce and instantly lift your space.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer minimalism or want splendid scenery, you will surely find a suitable houseplant from this list.

Read More: Small Closet Organization Ideas for a Clean and Clutter-Free Home

Image Credit: Freepik.

Few people are blessed with a large closet, much less a fancy walk-in one. Most of us have small closets that are utilized to store our possessions in our homes.

With a small closet, it is often very challenging to keep it organized and clutter-free.

About The Author