Article & Photo By: Xiaolin Cai
Now that we have more time at home everyone is looking for things to busy themselves with, and what better way to do that than get a pet to care for. As it has been shown in a previous article, Pets Pose As A Help For Managing Emotional Stress, shows the many benefits of having a pet like reducing stress and providing company. Taking care of an animal can be very hard and time consuming, so I have compiled a list of pets that are easier to care for.
The first pet on the list is goldfish. The benefits of owning a goldfish include’s no grooming necessary, and they take up a smaller amount of space. A goldfish needs a 10 to 20 gallon tank with a filter for the water and a heater to keep the aquarium water maintained at the right temperature. The water in the aquarium should be conditioned before you add it in every time. 25% of the water should be cleaned every 2 weeks. You can also decorate your aquarium, but make sure they do not have sharp edges as they might cut the fins of the goldfish. For food,they should be fed only what they are able to eat within 2 to 3 minutes once or twice a day.
The next pet is hamsters. Hamsters need a cage that is at least 15 inches long and 12 inches high with bedding but avoid cat litter, corn cobs, wood shavings, newspaper, and anything scented. An exercise wheel is a must have when getting a hamster. You should have the cage set up before bringing your hamster home. You can get bags of food mixes, but also be sure to give them small pieces of fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, parsley, apple, pear, carrot, and turnip, along with freshwater. Be cautious about feeding them too much fruit because they are prone to diabetes.
The third pet is guinea pigs. The first thing you should keep in mind is they should be kept in pairs. They will need a cage at least 7.5 square feet long and 10 inches high for one guinea pig. They will also need bedding that is absorbent and dust free. The bedding should include wood shavings, shredded paper, processed ground, corn cob, and commercial pellets. The cage should be placed out of direct sunlight and avoid any areas that are cold and damp. Guinea pigs should be given plenty of exercises as well as time and space to run around on the floor. They can be fed pellets along with fresh vegetables such as romaine, green leaf, and red leaf lettuce. Just make sure to avoid too many fruits, sugar, and starch. They should also be given occasional baths as well as brushing and grooming regularly.
The last pet is rabbits. Rabbits should be given a cage or crate that is at least 4 feet long and 2 feet wide and 4 feet tall. A litter box and litter will also be needed as well as a large exercise area outside of their crate. They will need to play in the exercise area out of their crates 4 to 5 hours a day. Nail clippers and a brush are both essentials for grooming your rabbit. Toys will also help to keep them from being bored so things such as paper bags, cardboard boxes, small balls, and cat toys are all good toys for your rabbit. Rabbits eat hay, pellets, and veggies such as carrots, collard greens, beet greens, broccoli, and romaine lettuce. Treats should also be given but they should be picked out carefully because too much sugar or starch can throw off the balance of bacteria in their intestinal tracts and cause illness. Freshwater should also be given preferably in a heavier bowl because they tend to tip over lightweight bowls.
So there is the list of four easy pets to care for if you do not have as much time on hand or are looking for a pet that requires less work.