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If you’ve always wanted a furry companion to keep you company, but have never had the room to keep cat toys or a garden to let your dog roam around in, there are endless alternatives and plenty of perfect pets that can live in small spaces perfectly comfortably.
Aquatic creatures can take up as much or as little space as you want – from legions of exotic fish in mammoth aquariums, to the humble goldfish swimming happily in his bowl. Aside from fish food, which comes in a small plastic container, and can be stored almost anywhere, a goldfish bowl can sit easily on your desk or shelf. You could even work your fish into the design of your home. See here.
If you have space in your home for a small TV cabinet then you have plenty of space for a corn snake. A snake vivarium, once installed, can be positioned on top of furniture or on a shelf, and as these snakes only like to be handled occasionally (once or twice a week) they don’t even need any additional space-suckers, like toys or bedding.
Sea-Monkeys are essentially tiny little shrimp that have undergone some seriously devious marketing tactics to make them sound more exciting than they actually are. However, these critters are a great option for keeping the little ones pacified when you have just a shoe box-sized amount of space for a pet.
Start kits come cheap and you can have hours of fun watching your Sea-Monkeys develop and swim around their plastic tank.
Like goldfish and corn snakes, stick insects are happy doing their thing in a relatively small space, but they are also social creatures, so they need plenty of chums to keep them company. Stick insects make fascinating pets, shedding their skins once a month when kept in the right conditions.
All you need to do is line a small tank with newspaper, add fresh leaves and watch them flourish.
It’s also important to keep the tank out of direct sunlight, and to keep the stick insects ventilated by covering the top of the tank with a screen rather than a solid lid.
If you’re looking for a pet that you can stroke and give physical affection to but don’t fancy a snake, what about a mouse?
Mice are very active, but with regular handling they can become quite tame and they enjoy using your body as their own personal playground.
Just be careful you don’t lose them down the back of the sofa!
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Louise Blake is a first time mum to be and an avid animal lover. She can’t wait to introduce her adorable Boxer puppy, Harley, to the newest arrival of her family! In her spare time she can be found picking out decor for the soon to be nursery and blogging for Supapet.