As a millennial, one of the biggest challenges is finding time to take care of yourself. Between running errands, working, and living in close quarters with roommates or family, it can be difficult to find the time for self-care. One way to relieve stress and take some time out for yourself is by adopting a low-maintenance pet! These pets are easy-going, friendly, and fun. Plus, they don’t require much space or upkeep, so you can fit them into your busy life! Read on for Roomi’s list of the cutest small pets for apartments that can keep you company.

Not all pets need a lot of space!

If you live in an apartment or small space, having a pet can seem like a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be! There are many low-maintenance pets for apartments that will thrive in your living environment, even if you don’t have much space to work with.

Cats, dogs, fish, hamsters—these are just a few of the many animals that make great pets for apartments. But when it comes to choosing which pet is right for you, we recommend asking yourself a few key questions. Do I want a pet that takes up a lot of my time? Do I want to clean up after my pet? These questions can help narrow down your choices and find the right fluffy (or scaly) fit for you!

1. Dogs

Some small dogs are great pets for apartments and small spaces, and would make great apartment dwellers since they’re usually a lot of fun! When trained well, dogs are generally very friendly and welcoming to anyone that visits their home. While not every dog is a low-maintenance pet or suitable for those living in small spaces of apartments, do your research to find a breed that thrives in this environment. Your pup will provide companionship, affection, and entertainment without the need for a large backyard to run around in! Just make sure you take him/her on regular walks.

2. Cats

Cats can be great pets for apartments or small homes, and they certainly keep your home lively and interesting. Not only will they keep you company when you’re alone, but cats are easy to care for – they can be trained to use a litter box, and are great pets for small spaces. Playful and affectionate, kitties are perfect if you live in a quiet home. These low-maintenance pets are super chill and don’t need a lot of space.

3. Fish

Whether you have a small apartment, a large family, or are just tired of cleaning up after your pets, fish can be the perfect solution. They require little space and very little maintenance, only asking for daily food and weekly water changes. In fact, many apartment dwellers keep fish as their only pet, since they’ve been known to make you feel relaxed. Plus – you can find some beautiful varieties and build up a happy, colorful tank!

4. Birds

As an apartment dweller or someone who lives an urban lifestyle, you may have some reservations about owning a pet. But have you considered a feathered friend? Birds are popular pets for apartment dwellers because they’re relatively low-maintenance pets… and just plain adorable! They are great pets for people living in small spaces. These lovely creatures – although they don’t require much space – still need plenty of love and attention and are a great way to bring some life into your home.

5. Hamsters

You know it’s time for a pet when you feel like something is missing from your home. However, with small apartments often come big responsibilities. Many traditional pets are not ideal for small spaces such as apartments or condos – but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something fun! Get a hamster! These adorable creatures make great pets because they’re easy to care for and don’t take up much room at all. A hamster is a fantastic pet for apartments or small spaces since they are clean and quiet pets, who don’t need a lot of room to run around!

6. Rabbits

Rabbits can be a wonderful addition to an apartment or small space since they are quiet pets. They are as clean and friendly as other pets, but they have several unique traits that can make them easier for people with limited living spaces to accommodate. They’re (cuddly) low-maintenance pets, can be easily toilet trained, and don’t require a lot of space, making them one of the best apartment-friendly pets!

Things to consider before getting pets for apartments

Even bringing a low-maintenance pet into your household is a major decision! You need to be fully committed to caring for an animal for the rest of its life. You want to enjoy your pet without having to worry about their health and wellbeing. With that being said, consider these things before adding pets to the family!

  • If you are considering getting a pet, you should make sure that your apartment community allows pets. Ask management if there will be any fees or charges imposed on your lease agreement.
  • Find out if you or anyone in your home has allergies. You should also make sure that your roommate is comfortable with getting pets for apartments.
  • Some animals are social and are happier in pairs. Not having a social partner might make your pet depressed – and you definitely don’t want that! Ask the advisor in the pet store if they recommend you buy one or two animals.
  • When you decide to get a pet, be sure to think about the future. Think about what you’d do if you took a vacation or moved to a building that doesn’t allow animals. It is never good for an animal to be alone for too long without the attention of a loving owner.

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