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Experts named the best breeds of pets for high-rise buildings

24.12.2021

Top-7 pets that are convenient to keep in an apartment (except to cats and dogs)

Large pets are prohibited in multistory condominiums, but small-sized pets are definitely allowed. Living in a multistory building has the advantages of low operating costs and a high level of security. But there are also disadvantages.

Are pets allowed in condominiums?

There are provisions in the legislation of Ukraine about that pets can be kept in a multistory building, unless they pose a threat, cause irritation or pose a threat to the health of other residents. Below it is a list of the animals that our behavioral expert believes are best suited for housing.

Note: instead of buying pets from dubious dealers, in Kiev you can pick up a new four-legged family for free in numerous abandoned animal shelters!

1. Rabbit — the perfect condominium pet 

Forget about cats and dogs. If you want a social animal to keep you company, adopt a rabbit. Of all the species of rabbits and more than 306 breeds, there are 50 species that humans keep as pets. The three most popular types of rabbits are the Dutch Sheep, the Dutch Dwarf Rabbit and the Mini Rex.

Another reason people adopt rabbits is they are small, easy to toilette and do not make loud noises. Traditionally, rabbits are kept in a cage, but they can be allowed to roam freely around the apartment. Though be careful, these furry creatures love to scratch furniture and dig. Although rabbits are unpretentious, they prefer cool temperatures, so don't let your furry pet go out on the balcony at noon, when heatstroke can happen to it from the heat.

  • Body length: 23 cm — 43 cm.
  • Weight: 1 kg — 7 kg.
  • Life expectancy: 10 to 20 years.
  • Food: vegetables.

Pro the rabbit:

  1. Easy to clean up the cage after pet.
  2. It is socially oriented.

Contra the rabbit:

  1. It chews and scratches everything and everyone.
  2. Too vulnerable to changes in temperature. 
  3. A lot of poops — every day you need to clean the cage.

2. Hamster

As a child, you probably kept hamsters. They are quiet, undemanding, and easy to care for. Hamsters only need to be placed in a cage, given drinking water, food, absorbent bedding and a running wheel — this is a sufficient minimum for the hamsters to be happy.

  • Body length: 5 cm — 15 cm.
  • Weight: 0.2 kg — 4 kg.
  • Life expectancy: 2 to 4 years.
  • Food: water and food for hamsters.

Pros for the hamster:

  1. Doesn't take up much space.
  2. Doesn't require any special care.

Hamster cons:

  1. Very vulnerable to disease.
  2. Damages furniture and wires.

3. Guinea pig

Guinea pigs are a rodent species that craves love and attention from people. Like hamsters, people like to keep guinea pigs because they don't require any special care. The difference between guinea pigs and hamsters is that from time to time the firsts need to be released from the cage, so they can meet their needs for social and physical activity.

Particular attention should be paid to the fact that guinea pigs does not tolerate loneliness well, therefore, two or more individuals should be kept to guinea pigs at once. Guinea pigs should be spayed to avoid aggression within the group, this will also reduce the risk of disease and increase their lifespan.

  • Body length: 20 — 25 cm.
  • Body weight: 0.6 kg — 1.1 kg.
  • Life expectancy: 4 to 8 years.
  • Meals: hay, vegetables and fruits.

Pros guinea pig:

  1. Doesn't take up much space.
  2. Doesn't make loud sounds.
  3. Lives longer than other rodent species.

Cons guinea pig:

  1. Disease susceptibility.
  2. The diet must contain vitamin C.
  3. Unpleasant odors.

4. Ferret 

The ferret belongs to the weasel family, it is playful, ideal for those looking for an animal with an active lifestyle. Ferrets are very intelligent and sociable, and they are also known for their mischievous behavior. Therefore, if you do decide to bring home a ferret, be sure to close any rooms in which it can hide, such as a microwave or oven.

The downside of ferrets' activity is that they need a lot of sleep, up to 18 hours a day. Ferrets usually play for one hour and then go to bed to replenish their energy. If you go to work every day, do not worry about what to do with your ferret: you can leave your pet to itself for a long time, because it will sleep most of the time you are away.

  • Body length: 33 cm — 40 cm.
  • Weight: 0.7 kg — 2 kg.
  • Life expectancy: 5 to 10 years.
  • Diet: animal foods high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates and fiber.

Pros ferret:

  1. Playful character.
  2. Although the ferret is a social animal, it sleeps a lot.

Cons ferret:

  1. Requires special care — feed 3-4 times a day.
  2. Often escapes from the cage.
  3. Dislikes other pets.
  4. Strong odors.

5. Gecko

If you like reptiles as pets, get a gecko. Of the 1,600 lizard species, the most popular species among homeowners are leopard geckos, crested geckos, bearded dragons, and anoles.

Geckos are naturally docile and easy to tame. As far as the content goes, you have nothing to worry about as they are in the low maintenance category. One tank can contain no more than 2-3 individuals. Terrarium volume — 40 liters.

  • Body length: 16 cm to 20 cm/
  • Body weight: 60 g to 1.5 kg
  • Life expectancy: 15 to 20 years
  • Food: crickets, wax and meal worms.

Pros of the gecko:

  1. Restrained, quiet, assiduous. 
  2. Does not require frequent feeding (an adult gecko can be fed six to seven large crickets or meal worms 2-3 times a week).
  3. Suitable for people who are allergic to wool.

Gecko cons:

  1. Most geckos will not reciprocate your love and affection.
  2. Expensive terrarium.

6. Turtle

Another popular exotic pet that is convenient to keep in an apartment it is a turtle. Turtles are quiet and docile, making them ideal companions for people looking for low-maintenance pets. However, turtles can be aggressive if you place two males in the same enclosure.

Turtles can grow up to 1.2 meters in length — depending on the species — so you'll need a fairly large enclosure to keep them. Turtles love to bask in the sun and breathe fresh air, and therefore do not forget to take your armored pets outside every sunny day.

  • Body length: from a couple of centimeters to 1.2 m.
  • Body weight: from 5 grams to 200 kg.
  • Life span: 80 to 150 years.
  • Food: fresh vegetables and fruits.

Pros for turtles: 

  1. They are undemanding to food and easy to care for.
  2. Life expectancy.
  3. No odors.

Turtle cons:

  1. Life span — a turtle can outlive its owner.
  2. Adult turtles require large living room.

7. Sugar possum

Sugar possum has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its sociable nature. Found in Australia and parts of Indonesia, these marsupials have similar physical traits to squirrels — gray fur with black markings. What distinguishes possums from the nut-eating Sciuridae is their membrane, which grows on the sides of the torso and stretches between the fore and hind limbs. On these "wings" the possums glide between trees to avoid being spotted by predators.

Interesting fact: the Latin name for sugar possum is Petaurus breviceps, which means "rope dancer".

Since sugar possums are friendly and playful, they definitely need a companion for their psychological balance: two or three individuals should be kept in one cage. Speaking of the cage, the possums require enough space for physical activity: the recommended enclosure size is 60 cm (width) x 60 cm (depth) x 90 cm (height). When buying a possum cage, remember that height is more important than horizontal area, the reason is that possums require space to "fly".

  • Body length: 12 cm — 16 cm.
  • Body weight: up to 120 g.
  • Life expectancy: 10-15 years.
  • Food: nectar, tree sap, fresh fruit, insects and small birds or rodents.

Pros of sugar possum:

  1. Life expectancy is longer than that of most pets.
  2. Strongly attached to the owner.
  3. Does not litter.

Cons sugar possum:

  1. Nocturnal lifestyle: it sleeps during the day and is active at night.
  2. It does not tolerate loneliness, prefers to have other sugar possums nearby.
  3. Complex component diet.
  4. It interacts poorly with other types of animals.

These are just a few potential pet candidates that can be comfortably acquired in multistory buildings. The main thing for you is to find a pet that will meet your expectations, the second is to learn how to care for it. The nature of your chosen pet and your love for it will do the rest.

If you do not have a pet, we invite you to contact the Animal Park zoo. Our pets trust people — this teaches people to trust themselves!