Small Animals For Beginner Pet Owners

  • 18/07/2020
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Planning to become a pet owner but don't think you can handle dogs or cats yet? If so, then adopting a small animal is a great way to start.

These tiny creatures are generally low maintenance and don't need much attention, making them great for beginner pet owners. Their small size also means they only take up little space; in fact, your tabletop is enough room for them to live peacefully.

Interested in adopting one? Here are 3 small animals that make the perfect companions.

Hamsters

Almost everybody has had a hamster at one point. They're inexpensive, easy to breed, and are absolutely adorable, making them a favorite for kids.

But, not many are aware that hamsters are nocturnal. That's why you often saw them sleeping when you wanted to play with them when you were younger. But, now that you're older and are away for most of the day, you can appreciate their liveliness in the evening.

While hamsters are low maintenance, needing only a wire cage and shavings, they also love to play. You can give them tubes, wheels, and toys to entertain themselves with.

Hermit Crabs

These crustaceans are one of the most underrated pets. They might not be as fuzzy as hamsters, but they're charming in their own ways.

Hermit crabs are highly social and active animals. They love to scuttle around and interact with anything, whether it's another critter or potential home. Plus, finding or making new shells for them to live in is also an interesting hobby that owners enjoy.

With proper care, hermit crabs can be with you for up to 30 years. Just give them sand, rocks, and an environment that stays at 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sea Monkeys

These small critters are pretty odd. They don't live in the sea; they're not monkeys either. In truth, sea monkeys are a species of brine shrimp developed in the USA. They're marketed as "instant life" because of how easily they can survive with little care.

Any waterproof enclosure can work for sea monkeys, whether it's a bowl or aquarium. Their feeding habits are also great for busy people, needing food only every 5 to 7 days. If their home gets cloudy, you can avoid giving them food as they can eat the algae in the water.

These critters make for excellent pets for beginners. If they get sick, you can take them to a small animal hospital in Jacksonville.

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