Just because you live in a bustling city doesn’t mean you can’t have a non-human member of the family. Choose wisely, and you’ll wonder how you ever went without a pet in the city.

Man’s Best Friend(s)

puppy great dane dog spotty black and whiteDogs and cats alike are the most popular choices for suburban pets, but can you really give them a great life in the city?

While some people are under the impression that you need a huge backyard and the world’s nicest landlords in order to have a dog or a cat, it’s not always the case.

Obviously you need to think about your resources – time, space and budget in particular – and then find the dog or cat suited to what you have available.

Cats are a great option for apartments, as they can be kept totally indoors, don’t require large open areas and will be content to laze around while you’re at work.

If you’re more of a dog person, the space you have available is more important. Obviously dogs need a lot more exercise, as well as mental stimulation, to keep them happy and healthy, so if your yard is tiny, you’ll be spending a lot of time walking your four legged friend.

As far as landlords go, always be upfront about pets – most are willing to oblige, but having them find out you’ve secretly been keeping a dog inside won’t end well. Plus you can always offer a compromise, such as only keeping the dog outdoors or putting up extra bond.

The Weird & Wonderful Exotics

cute pet rat white rodent flowerIf a dog or cat doesn’t quite suit you, there are plenty of other options that have just as much personality and love to give.

Mice and rats make exceptional pets – and not just for kids. They don’t require a lot of space, are usually budget friendly and have big personalities – but be warned that their normal lifespan is just 1-2 years.

Another great and somewhat misunderstood exotic is the ferret, who loves to play games and snuggle up on cold winter’s nights.

If allergies are steering you away from a furry new friend, why not investigate something with scales? There are a huge range of options available, from frogs and turtles through to snakes and lizards.

You might have to search beyond your local animal shelter to find some of these exotic species, but there are plenty of breeders about who can not only provide you with a new pet, but all the important info you’ll need to give them a perfect life in the city.

Published by Taylor

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