Generally all apartments that accept pets allow solely cats and small dogs. These animals, however generally wreak havoc on apartments. Following are animals that spend most of their time caged but may be more attractive to landlords than dogs that dig and cats that scratch. Perhaps your perfect pet is within.

1. Sugar Gliders

The Sugar Glider is for those of you who think squirrels are adorable and would like to have one as a pet. The pet is actually not related to squirrel, however these small marsupials share many commonalities with flying squirrels. Sugar Gliders are also very social animals. Sugar gliders yearn for extensive attention from their human owners or need another sugar glider present as a companion. The Sugar Glider's diet is composed of high amounts of fruits, vegetables and some insects. This pet is for those who want to interact with a pet that enjoys consistent human interaction.

2. Chinchillas

Chinchillas resemble squirrel-mouse hybrids with enormous furry ears. As pets, Chinchillas are very docile and easy to keep and maintain. A drawback to the Chinchilla is that the pet can be hard at times to socialize and can be introverted. The animal prefers a quiet environment and strongly disfavors sudden movements, loud noises or extreme changes in its environment. A quirky aspect of the Chinchilla is that it prefers bathing with dust or sand as opposed to water. Chinchillas are also known to chew on a variety of objects, therefore many chewable items should be kept in the pets enclosure. The enclosure for the Chinchilla must be relatively large to provide this pet with the opportunity to roam. These animals are not noisy and almost odorless as a good alternative to gerbils or rats.

3. Ferrets

Ferrets are known as clever, affectionate and personable animals despite being criticized for their weasel like appearance. Their proponents claim them to be exceptional pets because of their high energy and interactivity with toys, balls and their environment. Though the animals spend the majority of their time in an enclosure, ferrets need to be released frequently for exercise. As the popularity of ferrets increases, many accessories have hit the market including pouches, leashes and custom clothing. Additionally if the animal is spayed or neutered and decantered, the smell of the animal is nearly eradicated.

4. Snakes

Snakes have long been an interest of pet owners. Snakes are best for people who are not seeking a fuzzy et to cuddle with, but would rather an enigmatic animal to appreciate. It should be noted that you must not mind that animal eating live mice or rats. Snakes however can be difficult pets similar to many other reptiles. Snakes require special heat lamps or heated rocks to maintain the body temperature of this cold blooded animal. Additionally, the specialized diet of the animal and difficulty finding quality veterinarian services can be challenging. However, if you remain undaunted by these challenges a snake may make an exceptional pet for you.

5. Guinea Pigs

The Hamster is generally a child's first pet, however a guinea pig may be the best choice for most. Guinea pigs are renowned as outgoing and affectionate pets that are very easy to take care of. The animal can live very well on simple pellet foods and enjoys are large enclosure or can even do well in an open sectioned off portion of the apartment. With enough space, a Guinea Pig can be trained to use a litter box. Guinea pigs can become very attached to their human caretakers and make a small squeaking sound at times. The guinea pig enjoys an active life and can make an exceptional apartment pet.

6. Rats

Rats are abhorred by many, however others discovery excellently clever companions. If its appearance and stereotypes don't dissuade you, the rat may be a good pet for you. Rats are extremely easy to care for. Rat enthusiasts applaud the pets increasing intelligence and often engage in games with their pets. The rat needs a modes sized enclosure and flourishes with human interaction. A rat can and will bond with its owner and despite the stereotypes will be a very clean and affectionate pet.

The Others

There are numerous other animals other than dogs and cats that make exceptional apartment pets including: (7) Birds, (8) frogs / turtles, (9) hamsters, and (10) fish are just a few. Fish are very quiet and less interactive, however make for good stress relief, while birds are often noisy and much more interactive. Prior to purchasing any pet perform your research and assess the size of your apartment with the animal's needs. Purchasing a pet that is too large or too noisy for your apartment will be a disaster to you and the pet. Once your research is complete and you have selected the right pet, you and your pet will be happy for many years to come!

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6 years 38 weeks ago, 3:26 AM

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Sugar gliders actually aren't rodents as stated, but are small marsupials in the possum family. While they do make wonderful companions, they are high maintenance pets. Besides the fruit and vegetables they also need quite a bit of protein in their diet. They are by far the best furry companions I have had though.

6 years 37 weeks ago, 9:30 AM

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chinchillas are the worst pet i have ever owned. they are evil creatures never buy one

5 years 47 weeks ago, 2:04 AM

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I have to disagree, I believe you just pick the pet that was wrong for you. Chinchillas are hyper animals and love you run(well they actually hop)in large areas, if handled gently daily they will be friendly and let you touch them...but still only when they WANT you to. These are not animals for young children or people that have to have a hands of relationship with there pet. This is a good pet for someone that doesn't have allot of time to stay home and play with pets all day. Chinchillas will be happy and content if you held them once every other day and keep them feed! Just make sure you have a larger cage with a bowl of Chinchilla Bath (dust) and a place to hide.

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6 years 37 weeks ago, 8:01 PM

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As mentioned before Sugar Gliders require a lot of attention, everyday, and since their nocturnal they have to be played with at night. Also you'll be looking at a 13-16 year commitment depending on the glider. They live a long time compared to other pets their size. We love ours but they are like having children.

5 years 34 weeks ago, 9:15 PM

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I had a Chinchilla for a week and I had to give it back! It was SO MEAN! I even tried to get one more for a playmate for him and they both were Mean! I couldn't even get within 5 feet of them because when I did they hoped to me and bit me HARD!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't think there "Evil creatchers" I just thing their not the pet for me.

4 years 14 weeks ago, 4:40 PM

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I had 10 chinchillas and each of them had their own personality. Some loved to be played with while others wanted to be left alone. If you live where the temperature is hot, like Texas, Arizona, California, I would not recommend Chinchillas. They must be kept cool at all times. 70 degrees is the hottest. When they bathe (dust bath) the dust covers everything in the room. They are fun to watch but be prepared to do alot of dusting. Not for children. They may look cute and cuddly, cute they are cuddly they are not. They like to hop, jump, climb be free. Not into being held. You have to play on their terms.

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