Do Fish Count As Pets???

@capirani (1844)
United States
August 11, 2008 7:47pm CST
When you move to an apartment where no pets are allowed, do fish count as pets? Generally, the concern is about damage being done to the apartment by the animals. Fish won't do any damage unless their fish tank would break or leak. But that can easily be cleaned up, especially if it is a small tank, or just a fish bowl. I will have to ask my landlord of course. I think my grandkids would love watching fish swimming around in a small aquarium. What do you think? Do fish count as pets in this case?
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7 responses
• United States
12 Aug 08
I don't think fish count as pets. They don't cause any damage. Everywhere I have lived I have had fish and none of my landlords have said anything. I would have to say no fish do not count as pets.
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@capirani (1844)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I tend to agree with you about this. My current landlords I have not bothered to discuss this with because they are so changeable and the wife can get really nasty. But I am moving within the next 30 days and if I have room once I get everything set up, I am thinking about asking them about having a small aquarium. I think my grandkids would love it.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
12 Aug 08
fish - A fish is a quiet pet.
They are pets, but for rental purposes I do not think they count. Just like birds, I do not think that landlords have a problem with birds. They are not distructive animals, like dogs or cats. I think I will have a slight problem when I move, my jakie (cat) has put a little hole in the screen and he found a little piece of flooring that was not level and started pulling it up. That is all the damage that our cat has done, besides shredding our furniture.
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@capirani (1844)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Yeh, cats will do things like that. They can find anything to mess with. LOL I hope the damage isn't much expense-wise.
@micpie94 (359)
• United States
12 Aug 08
you'd have to ask the landlord about what he will and will not allow. You don't want him to see you with a pet if he told you he distinctly didnt want ANY pets. Good Luck. :)
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@capirani (1844)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Yeh, this will be something I would ask the landlord, but it will wait until after I get moved. I might not even have room for a fish bowl, let alone a small aquarium.
• United States
23 Aug 08
actually they dont. when we moved into our old apartment they said no pets and we said oh well we have fish and mice. they said they dont count cause they dont pee on rugs and stuff. a fish wouldnt really destroy anything
@capirani (1844)
• United States
23 Aug 08
That's what I think too, but if the tank were to break or leak, it could cause some water damage. Once I get settled in I will ask my landlords what they think about a small fish tank.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Usually fish are allowed. Definately check because they could try to use it against you later if they decide the need an excuse to get you out. Have I watched too much Judge Judy, lol. As has already been said, by no pets they usually mean animals that can cause distruction such as cats or dogs. However, accidents can happen with aquariums too. My father had a 250 gallon that sprung a leak, what a mess! Good luck.
@capirani (1844)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Yes, that would be a horrible mess to have to clean up. With my small grandchildren, accidents are bound to happen, so definitely I could not get a tank that large.
@jaffna (778)
• India
12 Aug 08
i do count fish as ma pets...i spend ma own time watching their moves in the tank...they are having difernt and unusual prettiness..i like gold fishes to be seen in ma tank even more and more
@capirani (1844)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I like all the different kinds with all their pretty colors. But since they can't cause damage to an apartment or house, I am wondering what the usual thought is with landlords who don't allow pets....are fish included?
@vicky30 (4779)
• India
12 Aug 08
Fish do not count as pets.They are beautiful to watch.Their movements are very relaxing to our eyes.They do not cause any damage like other animals.