Can’t Have a Dog? Consider These 5 Pets Instead

So, what pets can you own instead? Keep reading to find out about five pets that will work best with your current lifestyle and living situation.

1. Birds

bird in cage

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Birds are beautiful animals that will make a wonderful companion for the next 60 years. Yep, that's right. Depending on the type of bird you choose, they can live up to 60 years of age. If you love the sound of a lifelong friend, then this is the pet for you!

But while the proper tender love and care can increase a bird's life, you must keep in mind that they're not domesticated animals and will make messes. Since they're not potty trained, you'll have your fair share of clean up duty.

2. Fish

goldfish in bowl

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For many renters that are unable to house a dog, fish are the go-to choice for a pet. For starters, they're quiet and don't take up much space in your place. You never have to worry about taking them on walks and they don't create large messes.

However, like most pets, fish require attention and care. Not only must you remember to feed them, it's incredibility important to know the appropriate serving size to feed your fish. Having too much or not enough food can end gravely for your fish. You'll also have to clean your fish tank quite often.

3. Snakes

pet snake

If you're looking for a more exotic animal to become your partner in crime, then a snake is a wonderful alternative to owning a dog. Not only are they extremely unique, they're surprisingly low-maintenance pets. You won't ever have to worry about them going to the bathroom on your carpet. Score!

While they're extremely clean pets, they can be scary if you're the squeamish type. Owning a pet snake means feeding them whole rodents such as rats and mice. Yikes!

4. Hamsters


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Having been domesticated for many years, hamsters are very adaptable pets. In fact, your local pet store will never be in short supply of food and necessities for your hamster.

But while they're easy to manage and clean, hamsters can be quite the biters. Plus, since they're nocturnal animals, they'll keep you up at night as they run the wheel.

5. Rabbits

pet rabbit

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Believe it or not, rabbits make amazing pets. Let's be honest, they're adorable – and intelligent. Much like dogs, they'll be happy to see you and crave social interaction.

But while they seem almost too good to be true, it's important to know that rabbits are a 10- to 20-year commitment due to their long life expectancy. And quite frankly, they stink! Since they poop up to 300 pellets a day, their cages require daily cleaning.

Which one will you choose?

While it may be bittersweet that you aren't able to have a dog, that doesn't mean you can't own a pet at all. Keep in mind these other awesome options for pets and remember, each of these of pets will interact differently with your guests, so it's important to know how to deal with them in social situations before buying one.

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Linzi MartinLinzi Martin has been a freelance writer for over five years. A Florida native, Linzi resides in Delray Beach, where she works as a content marketer and writer for small-to-medium sized businesses around the globe. Her work has been featured by the Porcaro Law Group, VoyageMIA and The Connect Magazine, just to name a few.

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