4 Low-Maintenance Pets
Somewhere between a puppy and a pet rock lies (or swims) the best low-maintenance pet for you. Real Simple polled vets and pet-store owners to discover the least demanding species across four creature categories. (Note: Ponies need not apply.)
You’re open to getting a pet. You really are. After all, caring for animals teaches children responsibility, empathy, and,
alas, what it means when Goldie floats to the top of the bowl. But the idea of taking on one more thing that needs nutritious
meals and potty help makes you want to curl up in a corner.
Relax. Here are critters in a range of categories (feathered, furry, and other) that have favorable charm-to-chore ratios. Still torn? “Get your child the pet you’ve always wanted,” says Susie Robertson, the owner of Squeaks, Chirps & Bubbles Pet & Feed Store, in Los Osos, California, “since you’ll most likely be the one taking care of it after the first week.”
Want to know which pets to avoid? See Do Turtles Make Good Pets? to find three options that only seem low-maintenance.
So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.