Who wants a pet you can ignore? Probably no one, but if your lifestyle is busy, you’re kids are busy and you’re not home a lot but you or your kids still want a pet, look for one that takes a minimum of care.
There is no pet you can ignore totally, of course, since they must be fed, watered and have their cages cleaned and so on.
And what’s the point of having a pet if you can totally ignore it? So take a look at the four top (in my opinion!) pets you can (almost) ignore:
1. Betta Fish
Also known as Siamese fighting fish, will do just that if you put two males together, so please don’t. While they’re beautiful fish to look at, their beautiful, flowing fins and gorgeous colors will be destroyed and they may possibly die from fighting.
They are that violent towards each other. One very big plus is that they can survive in a small container. They do require warm water, around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Their lifespan is around three years.
2. Hermit crabs
Are one of those unusual and popular things at the same time, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one.
Nope, they will never learn to recognize you and they’ll never come when you call, but they will learn to respond to your touch and even come out to greet you… sort of. They’re kind of cute in a weird way.
He will want a weekly bath and a daily meal, but other than a new shell home as he grows, you won’t have to do much else.
3. Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Why not? Don’t answer that if you don’t want one, but some people will find them fascinating. If you’re one of those, here’s some good news.
Cockroaches really do make good pets. They like to be picked up and held, but if you’re not into them that much, they’ll be just as happy if you never start doing that. They’ll need a large tank for a home and a very secure mesh lid.
Give them some hiding places (they are cockroaches, remember?) and a place to lay eggs and they’ll be happy. Feed them dog food, vegetables and fruit. And, oh, yeah. There’s a reason they’re called the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Don’t be alarmed.
4. African Clawed Frog
There’s a small and interesting aquatic frog that will live up to fifteen years with very minimal care. By “minimal,” I mean, toss in some commercial frog pellets every other day and change the water when it gets dirty.
They’re interesting to watch but you don’t have to interact with them at all, so you can go off and leave them whenever you like. They need a small tank with some large rocks and some aquarium type of hiding places and water.
So if you don’t have time or don’t want to commit to a pet that need interaction, one of these four might be just the right pet for you.