Ideas for a pet that is easy to look after in a flat ?

(27 Posts)
messyisthenewtidy Sat 15-Sep-12 11:13:12

Just that really. DS is desperate to have a pet but we cannot have dogs or cats as we live in a rented flat. Can anyone suggest anything that doesn't require too much upkeep or make too much noise at night?

messyisthenewtidy Sat 15-Sep-12 11:15:24

Sorry! The upkeep bit made me sound like a lazy arse, it's just I'm trying to impress upon him that it will be his responsibility to look after said pet. Many thanks smile

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 15-Sep-12 11:15:57

A rat.

Surprisingly clean. Very easy to tame. They can be trained to do tricks. Not too small. Not too big.

lotsofteddies Sat 15-Sep-12 11:17:13

Fish, gerbils/hamster. That's what we did.

Rats are fab, I have one.

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 15-Sep-12 11:19:59

I used to have two. We'd let them have the run of the house sometimes. The male would run up and down stairs retrieving biscuits from us and then hiding them somewhere in his den. The female would wait upstairs, watch where he was hiding them and eat them while he was collecting the next bit grin

JennerOSity Sat 15-Sep-12 11:21:58

Bearded dragons, sleep at night and are easy to handle and clean out. They eat live crickets but that is easier than you might think. They like to ride on your shoulder like a parrot smile .

dlady Sat 15-Sep-12 11:22:23

A gerbil. We have our 2nd now (1st sadly died last week). They are very easy to look after - we clean the cage about every 10 days, IMO they are very cute too. But not very docile to sit nicely in your hand, our last one was very tame but very wriggly too when being held, and jumped out of our hands and legged it many times. But he was so cute and such a funny little personality and also a bit spoiled my fault entirely.

I had two too, but one died.
The one I have left is big and fat and torments the kittengrin

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 15-Sep-12 11:24:21

I want some now for the dds but MIL has said she will never visit us again if we bring vermin into the house.

I am yet to decide whether this is a reason for or against getting some wink

messyisthenewtidy Sat 15-Sep-12 11:31:31

OMG! A rat!!! Wish I'd never bloody asked, cos DS is currently jumping up and down squealing "A rat! A rat!".

Maybe a gerbil! They're like rats, but not rats aren't they?

Personally I'd love a beardie but they're pretty expensive I think.

Ok, off to search. Thanks for replies. DS says thanks too. He says that he loves mumsnet now (as opposed to previously hating it cos I spend so much time on it and randomly laughing!)

messyisthenewtidy Sat 15-Sep-12 11:34:43

Ps. Dlady, how do you manage to spoil a gerbil?! Does he not have a naughty step? grin

tabulahrasa Sat 15-Sep-12 11:37:42

Gerbils aren't really pets in the same way rats can be - they're great to watch, but not much use for handling.

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 15-Sep-12 11:38:07

Rats are very cuddly.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 15-Sep-12 11:41:26

How old is DS? Only my niece accidentally crushed a dwarf Russian hamster (they're tiny) when she was small and overly-enthusiastic with the cuddles. sad

<contemplates rat for 3 yo dgs, currently demanding a puppy>

You can walk rats on a little lead.
DD takes ours out.

messyisthenewtidy Sat 15-Sep-12 12:08:06

Oh he's 10 s I don't think he'll crush it!

I really have to get my head round this rat thing don't I? It's just I've always been a bit shock about them because we used to have a problem with them in our collective dustbin. They managed to climb up into the loft.... ugh!!

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 15-Sep-12 12:19:31

No, they're not those kinds of rats at all. They're smaller and cuter and a different colour.

This is the kind I used to keep. They're called brown hooded rats

tabulahrasa Sat 15-Sep-12 12:59:29

Or a dumbo rat, how can you not like that?

ScienceOfSellingYouselfShort Sat 15-Sep-12 13:05:41

A gecko. we're looking after one at the moment and he's surprisingly easy to care for. They're docile which means you can handle them. It's making me want one!

lljkk Sat 15-Sep-12 16:12:56

Fancy mice are a lot easier than rats, rats take a lot of time & care (they need out of the cage daily). Fancy mice are cuter & don't live as long (less commitment). My only statement against mice is they tend to poo or wee on your hands, but then rats chew everything to bits given half a chance, and a bad tempered rat can inflict a bad bite.

Rats are very sociable & need fairly big cages, rats or mice like in 2s or 3s. Boys more likely to fight.

I don't think either smell, but some people think they do.

dlady Sat 15-Sep-12 17:03:01

Messy we used to spoil him by giving him allsorts of treats, anything really apart from human chocolate. He loved biscuits, nuts, crackers, I once made him a tiny pancake when I was making them for my daughters. I would add that it wasn't a constant supply just an occasional treat. He lived to the ripe old age of 2y10mths.

slipperandpjsmum Sun 16-Sep-12 12:16:38

We have a budgie who is wonderful! He is such a character and great company. When I am working from home he likes to sits on my shoulder for whole day!! He is out of his cage most of the time only returning of his own accord around 10pm when he likes to go to sleep.

JennerOSity Sun 16-Sep-12 19:10:52

Second the budgie idea - we had one which had a huge vocabulary and was a real character too... however he didn't like it if alone all day and like dogs really need a lot of company - though fewer walks of course! grin

Degu's? I am currently fostering three of these, and they are looking for a forever home, feel free to pm me if you'd like more info

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