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Apartment-Friendly Starter Pets

Greenwich Place Blog, West Warwick, RI  Learn about three pets for first-time pet owners in today's post  lovebirds, leopard geckos, and hamsters.

A while back, we shared a post about pets at your Greenwich Place apartment, Woof, Woof, Wag. Today, we thought we would follow up on that with some ideas for other pets for first-time pet owners in apartments. Before picking up a pooch, cat, parrot, or ferret, why not try out a starter animal that requires a bit less time and attention? The adjustment you may need to make in your life for a pet may be surprising, as cats and dogs make for full time commitments for quite a number of years. Let’s take a look at lovebirds, leopards geckos, and hamsters.



With the fun personality of parrots in a much smaller size, these manageable and beautifully colored birds are a great choice for someone seeking a feathered companion. They’re known for their affectionate behavior towards their owners and make for great companion animals. However, they may get a bit jealous of animals they perceive as rivals for your attention. Be sure to purchase an adequately sized cage for these guys and give them plenty of love!


Leopard Geckos

With gorgeous coloration and animated faces, these patterned guys are known for their gentleness and tolerance. They’re easygoing and quite fine with handling once they’ve adjusted to it. Best of all, they don’t grow longer than 7 to 10 inches, so you don’t have to worry about ending up with a massive scaly beast. Keeping their cage clean is a breeze as well, as they tend to pick out a singular corner to use as a restroom. They’re very hygienic… for geckos.



Often viewed as a classic starter pet, the hamster is a cute, cuddly, and tiny buddy — as long as you familiarize yourself with how to take care of them. They often require more space than expected. Cheap plastic hamster homes filled with small tunnels are the opposite of what these small guys need. Rather, provide them with a wide space full of fodder to tunnel through with a spinning wheel a bit larger than you might think they’d need.


Have a favorite easy, first-time pet species? Suggest it in the comments. Have a great month right here in West Warwick, RI. Thanks for reading our blog post today!