Top 10 Low Maintenance Pets – The Easiest Pets To Care For

Whether it’s a child’s greatest wish or an adult looking for a loving companion, welcoming a pet into your home can be an exciting time. While pets can be a lot of fun to be around, they can also be a lot of work and expensive to maintain. So while an adorable puppy might be a priority when considering getting a pet, for your first pet you might want to go for a more manageable creature that requires less maintenance, especially if you have a busy schedule.

Luckily, there are tons of cute and interesting animals you can befriend that don’t require a lot of maintenance. From furry pets that love to cuddle to ones that can easily be accommodated in your apartment, you can select the perfect companion for your lifestyle. Whether you prefer furry friends like hamsters and guinea pigs, or reptiles like snakes, leopard geckos and turtles.

Below we share some of the most low maintenance pets that also make great pets. But please Remember that just because a pet is low maintenance doesn’t mean it doesn’t need proper and constant care, including enough food, water, visits to the vet and other essentials.

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Hamsters are a great first pet for your kids! These furry animals are easy to care for once you set up their home. To make a hamster house happy, be sure to include a water bottle, food bowl and of course, a hamster wheel – hamsters love to do cardio! For sustenance, these guys mostly eat pelleted foods and dark leafy greens every other day.



betta fish

Getting a freshwater fish, like Betta fish, can be much easier to care for than a saltwater fish. Due to their territorial nature, male Betta fish should be kept individually in a gallon of water, with enough room at the top of the tank for your Betta to breathe on the surface. To care for your Betta, maintaining good water quality with regular water changes will help extend a Betta’s lifespan.


guinea pig

Another favorite for kids! Guinea pigs are social animals that enjoy daily interaction. For this reason, they do just as well with other guinea pigs. To take care of these little guys, you won’t have to worry about grooming. They like to be kept clean and usually don’t need regular baths. Just make sure you have everything you need: cage, litter, food and water.



These cuties are sweet and have super soft fur. If you suffer from allergies, chinchillas might be a good option for you because their coat is hypoallergenic. A chinchilla’s habitat includes a well-ventilated cage, bedding, hiding places, toys, food, and water.

Although they are social and enjoy being with other chinchillas, they prefer not to be held as often, which makes them low maintenance. However, they do require special chinchilla food and weekly dust baths to keep their fur clean.

Remember: it is illegal to house a wild-caught chinchilla. You need to adopt a domesticated chinchilla.

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There are many different species of turtles that vary in lifespan, size, and daily care. A popular one is the painted turtle which can reach 4 to 12 inches in length. These can be kept in a terrarium and fed several times during the week – so you won’t have to worry about daily feedings. The most important factor in keeping them thriving is providing a comfortable aquatic environment where the temperature and cleanliness of their habitat are well taken care of.



These slippery friends might be a little scary if you’re not comfortable with these reptiles. Nonetheless, they are very easy to care for as long as you keep them in an appropriately sized tank, keep the tank at a comfortable temperature, and feed them their favorite meals – it may depend on the snake, but they usually eat mice, rats or eggs.


leopard gecko

Leopard geckos are great beginner pets. These geckos are kept in 15-20 gallon tanks that don’t need to be cleaned out often. Instead, be sure to clean the tank daily to remove feces and disinfect it twice a month. For food, these geckos like to feed on crickets, waxworms and sometimes mealworms. Although their food is not appealing to handle, you won’t have to worry about feeding your adult gecko every day.



Have you ever considered having a colorful bird as a pet? Depending on the type of bird you select, they can be easy to care for and don’t require a ton of human interaction. However, you can also get a bird that enjoys socializing and spending time with family. To build a happy birdcage, make sure it’s big enough for the specific bird you have. Choose a cage that is twice the width of your bird’s wingspan and has the bars close together. They also like to eat a variety of foods, including seeds and nuts, pellets, green vegetables, and fruits.


Hermit crab

Another discreet pet! These crabs can be kept in a moist five gallon terrarium. You’ll want to keep their habitat on the warmer side, as well as a shallow pan of salt water where they can soak. And of course, it is important to include 3-5 empty shells in their habitat where they can fit in. Since they are smaller creatures, there isn’t a lot of cleanup and their meals are pretty easy too. They eat very slowly and mostly eat pellets.


Sea monkey (aka brine shrimp)

If you’ve never heard of these pets before, it’s probably because they were created in the last century. They are a hybrid breed of brine shrimp and are sold in hatching kits. Once you set up their water tank, all you need to do is feed them every five days and keep their tank well oxygenated for those little guys.

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