5 Popular Small Pets to Own

Everyone deserves to have a furry companion (or scaly). But what happens when you just don’t have the space to fit a dog or cat in your home? Should you just give up and live pet-less forever? Of course not.

While most pets require a good amount of care and attention, some can be loved from a distance as they prefer to be alone. It all depends on what you’re looking for in a pet as well. Below are 5 of the most popularly owned small pets that will fit right in your home (no pun intended).

1. Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs come in various colors of fur, have either long or short hair, and can weigh up 3 pounds according to 13 guinea pig breeds recognized by the American Cavy Breeders Association. These furry little (but not so little) animals are great for children of all ages.

Life Span: 5-10 years

Guinea pigs require lots of exercise daily. You can purchase a portable enclosure where your Guinea pig can explore freely and safely.

2. Hamster

Hamsters are the fun-sized version of Guinea pigs. They’re furry, adorable, and can fit in the palm of your hand. According to animalplanet.com, the most popular hamster breeds are the Syrian hamster (otherwise known as the golden hamster), which can grow up to 7 inches (17 centimeters) in length. The Roborovski dwarf hamster however, is only 2 inches (7 centimeters) in length.

Great for: Children 8 years and older

Life Span: 2-3 years

Hamster wheels are excellent for exercise purposes, as well as tubes, and other toys.

3. Gecko

Geckos are excellent, tiny pets that make great companions once you gain their trust. These little animals will eventually let you keep them in the palm of your hand. You can find these geckos in green or with brown spots all over, known as Leopard Geckos.

Life Span: Up to 20 years

Great for: Children 10 and over

Geckos require minimal exercise.

4. Rabbit

If you’re looking for an easy to care for, small but not too small pet, a rabbit is a great option. They are somewhat like Guinea pigs, except there are over 60 breeds of rabbits in the United States. Pick between various colors, sizes, and even weights, as rabbits can weigh anywhere from 2 to 13 pounds.

Life Span: 5-10 years

Great for: Children 7 and older

Rabbits require lots of exercise. Indoor and outdoor enclosures will enable your rabbit to hop around safely and freely. You can even train your rabbit to go for walks on a leash!

5. Parrot

Parrots are quite the pet, with their liveliness, colorfulness, and ability to make you smile. These intelligent creatures are known to be able to mimic human voices, which can be a pretty fun experience. There are up to 350 different types of parrots, all ranging from a bright mix of colors, to dark grey and black. According to animalplanet.com, parrots can range from as small as about 3 inches (or almost 8 centimeters) or they can be quite large (up to 40 inches or more than 100 centimeters).

Life Span: Up to 80 years

Great for: Any age