What do you do when you're not allowed to have house pets?

October 17, 2009 9:46pm CST
I have been wondering this for many years, because every time we move and rent in a new location, the contract prohibits cats and dogs in the house. But on the other hand, there are so many other animals, that would not scratch up or chew apart anything in the house, and I was interested in learning what kind of house pets YOU have where you live, especially if the owner don't allow cats or dogs, or crocodiles for that matter :) Spiders are cool but not exactly what I am looking for. Snakes are too expensive and require space. Perhaps the Desert Rat would be something? I have read a little about it before and considered it an option then. Gold fish is another option, perhaps. I appreciate all answers and opinions! S.B.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Oct 09
hi splinterbiz well when we had our own apartment we kept an tank of assorted fish and we had a lot of fun with that for a long time. but after awhile it was all up to me, and I got really exasperated at the help I did not get from the hubby who wanted the fish in the first place. So if you want an aquarium well be prepared to do the work of cleaning the tank , and all the little odds and ends that go with keeping a lot of fish.
• Norway
19 Oct 09
Hi Hatley, Maintenance is absolutely crucial, I know and it would be a nice addition to my daily routines in the house :) One of my older sisters and family actually owned an aquarium many years ago, and I used to enjoy studying the colourful mix of species. As for prior experience, I've had much fun with the aquarium gadget in the Opera web browser.. :) Too bad the guy who programmed it gave up on it years ago, because it was both fun and entertaining, with links to a website with more info on the different species. If we end up getting our own aquarium, it will be after careful consideration and I will have to take care of all the maintenance myself as it was my idea, that I am prepared for (I'm the one doing the house cleaning, so all hope is not lost).
• United States
24 Mar 10
Any type of fish are definitely an option for apartment dwellers that are not allowed to have pets. I currently have three hermit crabs in a 10 gallon tank and those are an entertaining pet. I have no issues with them.