The small animals that make ideal first pets

The small animals that make ideal first pets

A pet can be a great addition to any home. Whether you have a family with children, a young couple, or even if you live on your own. A pet can provide companionship and loyalty. They can sometimes even be a reason to help you develop a routine because there is always something else to think about other than yourself. However, getting your first pet can be a daunting experience.

What type of animal would be right for you and your home? So I thought I would share with you some of the smaller animals that make ideal first pets. They are low maintenance and don’t require much space so they would suit most home setups. 

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A hamster is a real low-maintenance pet choice. They are classed as a rodent, and there are different species you can own. They happen to be the most popular choice of pet amongst other rodents. The lifespan of a hamster can be up to 3 years which makes it a great choice as an introductory pet. The best advice is to buy the biggest cage you can afford and fit it into your home. If you are unsure of the best ones to get, then some websites have hamster home reviews. They will be able to able to offer suggestions and advice on the best cage to get. You may also need an exercise ball, but that would be it. Apart from the necessary food and bedding that goes along with any pet ownership. The only thing to remember is that hamsters are nocturnal, so they are mostly awake at night.


I think fish can be one of the most low-maintenance pets you can get. There has to be some preparation in advance, but once you have the tanks and the fish in place, it’s easy from there. Just make sure they are fed regularly and also clean the tanks out. They can be quite therapeutic to watch so make sure your fish are in a place that you can see them and keep an eye on them. There are many different kinds you can have and visiting a pet shop would be recommended. They will be able to advise on the size of tank you need, and the type of maintenance certain fish will require. 


Out of all the pets listed I think a cat will be the most high maintenance but can offer a lot of love and affection. Cats are relatively small so do work well in smaller homes and environments. While it is also recommended to be able to let them out now and again, if you get a cat from kitten age you can allow it to become a house cat and use a litter tray. A cat is great company, so would be ideal if you lived on your own as well as to be part of a big family. In regards to what they need, there isn’t too much. A nice cat bed and a few toys would be great and then just the food you need and a litter tray. 

I hope this has enlightened you a little more as to the type of smaller animals that are available as pets. 


The small animals that make ideal first pets

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