When you’d love to have a pet but think you’re so busy you might forget to feed the little critter, there’s good news for you: Busy people can have pets. All you have to do is some research to find a pet that prefers to be left alone and requires minimal care.
Adopt one of these top five pets for busy people and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you can keep something other than yourself alive. And even though you may be busy, try to find some time for love. Just don’t get too carried away like these people!
Here are the top five pets for busy people:
Cats are stuck up and kind of evil—but they are fantastic pets for busy people. Cats don’t really hate you. Actually, they don’t think about you at all. They are stereotypically the best companions for women, but anyone can own a cat! Consider taking out cat insurance to cover for the medical bills should your cat gets sick.
A study did find that having a cat as a pet is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. This is great news for people who want to snuggle with their cat and also not worry about them being home alone.
Just leave some food and water out and change the litter box now and then. Oh, and leave some clean, dark-colored clothes in a laundry basket so kitty can mark you as part of its territory. Then you’re pretty much done. Compared to other pets, cats don’t need much exercise. They sleep most of the day away, which is great for people who aren’t home much.
But, when you get home, your cat will still need interaction and to play with you! If you are gone for too long, it would be good for somebody to come in to play a bit with the cat. Another option would be to get two cats so they can keep each other company while you are away!
Every cat has a personality. Some are loving; others want to be left alone. You will need to decide what cat you want when you go find your furry new friend.
A goldfish doesn’t care if you’re ever home, which makes it the perfect pet for a busy person. You can even pet your fish when your schedule allows, but why would you want to? A little fish requires only a small sprinkle of fish food every day. Clean the tank or bowl once a week by removing about 25 percent of the water and replacing it with clean water, and your little aqua buddy will be happy.
Compared to cats and dogs, fish are relatively easy to take care of. They are confined to one spot, which is usually a fish bowl or a nice aquarium setup. They also don’t need a lot of food to survive. However, keeping their water clean is essential to their way of life and having enough space to swim freely around.
While they’re relatively easy to maintain, they’re not as affectionate as other pets and you might miss the satisfaction of a solid furry hug.
Before you run screaming for the hills, find out why tarantulas are ideal pets for busy people. They prefer that you don’t touch them, and they scare off even the burliest of intruders. Tarantulas eat live crickets and locusts, which you can pick up at pet stores. In fact, they can live for weeks without food, although they prefer a handful of crickets every week. As for water, a small container, like a jar lid, kept half-full is enough water for your creepy little love bug. One tiny drawback is that tarantulas shed their skin two to three times per year—and it’s kinda gross.
Even though most people are afraid of spiders, it is said that tarantulas are the best pets for busy people. Stop squirming in your seat and think about a tarantula being a great companion in your home..
2.) Ant Farm
Too busy for walks, feeding, watering or freaky molting episodes? Get an ant farm. These little cuties go about their business completely unconcerned about where you are or what you’re doing. Ants eat just about anything, including seeds, bread, meat, leaves and fruit. Once each week, drop in two or three crumb-sized pieces of food—and that’s it. Ants also need a few drops of water every couple of days so that the sand or soil in the farm is damp but not soggy.
The ants are happy being with each other, and they will amuse themselves. The only downside of having an ant farm is that you cannot cuddle up with them after you have had a bad day. If you are just looking for company, though, the ants would be great. They will be fun to watch when they are working, eating or doing other normal ant things.
The most important thing about ants is to make sure the farm is tightly sealed. You don’t want your tiny darlings escaping. You can get mesmerized by your lil’ busy working pets.
If you have zero time for a pet, get a pet rock. It doesn’t have to be walked, fed or groomed, and it won’t complain when you leave for a weekend conference in Vegas. It might surprise you, but pet rocks don’t need a lot of care and attention.
Once you’re accumulating pet rocks, you will start to have a solid bond with them. Pet rocks will remain loyal for the rest of your life, and they will follow you wherever you take them without any hassle. Dress it up in fun clothes—like tiny rock hats and tiny rock tutus—and never worry that it will chew or pee on a single thing in your house. It’s the perfect companion!
READ MORE: If you’re not too keen on any of these pets and you’re determined to have a dog, you may enjoy our article with the top five dog breeds for apartment living.