11 Low-Maintenance Pets That Can Be Kept Outdoors
In the interest of delivering the best information, I believe we need to first define what an "outdoor pet" is. An outdoor pet is typically an animal that is kept outside as a pet. But wild animals that you might try to keep as pets are completely different.
For example, a fish is an outdoor animal, but its tank is rarely kept outside. If raised as a pet, it is much more common to find a fish living indoors. On the other hand, a chicken is a pet that is usually kept outdoors.
Which Pets Can Survive Outdoors?
Low-Maintenance Outdoor Pets
Outdoor fish are simple to care for. All they need is water, sunlight, and food. If kept properly, they can be great pets. The only downside to keeping fish outdoors is that their living area needs a lot of maintenance (cleaning pumps, ponds, etc.). On the other hand, they only need to be fed once a day, cleaned once a month, and after initially setting up the tank, they don't need the constant attention that other animals may require.
Keeping fish indoors is another great way to enjoy the pet. Instead of having a pond or fountain, you simply set up a low-maintenance tank in your home and fill it with your favorite fish. Rather than choose an exotic saltwater fish, go with an easily cared for tropical fish. Once you set up the tank, the fish will provide you with endless hours of fun, and they only need to be fed once a day. Be sure that if you are interested in a low-maintenance fish that you are choosing the correct fish family. Also keep in mind that the more fish you keep in your tank, the more you have to clean it out each month.
In my opinion, cats are best kept outdoors. I only recommend doing this if you own your own land or live in a rural area. You should not let your cat(s) run rampant through your neighborhood. But, if you do live on a farm, or outside of the city limits, cats pretty low-maintenance. They do not require elaborate housing, just a warm place to take shelter from the weather. They simply require food and water, and are usually pretty happy chasing mice and the likes around outside. Furthermore, as long as you place a flea collar on the cat, it can be allowed to roam with no problems. Cats enjoy independence and will be more comfortable coming to you rather than being forced to constantly be by your side as indoor companions.
There are many different types of snakes to consider keeping. Smaller-sized snakes are usually low-maintenance. If you are planning on keeping a 30-foot boa constrictor, obviously the maintenance is going to be a little more demanding.
Snakes require sunlight, heat, shelter, food, and water. Their feeding habits are very particular, so before you acquire a pet snake, learn how to feed it, what to feed it, and how much to feed it. I also recommend against getting any kind of poisonous snake unless you are a professional.
These reptiles make great low-maintenance pets, and can be kept indoors or outdoors. The best lizard to think about getting is a bearded dragon or a gecko. They have great personalities, and they are very hardy and tolerant to quick change. In fact, these fascinating creatures regenerate lost, broken, or damaged body parts. Lizards are the best pets for those who are new to pet-keeping because they're very simple to care for. They are very loyal, curious, and naturally love to explore, so they do require a particular environment or habitat to live in.
It is obvious that birds are outdoor animals, but when people keep them as pets, they are usually confined to a cage indoors. Considering that birds need to be able to fly and interact with other birds in order to maintain happiness, they do require a lot of attention, otherwise they can become withdrawn, depressed, and even mean.
The best way to keep a bird as a low-maintenance pet is to place it in an outdoor sanctuary where it can be in its natural environment. Here, it can fly around to exercise, as well as tweet away in the morning with the rest of its species. Building a sanctuary is no easy undertaking, however, once it is set up, the birds require very little maintenance. It is important to note that keeping birds outdoors is only acceptable in appropriate climates.
Rabbits are very low-maintenance, requiring only food, shelter, and water. You can keep it in a cage, and let it hop around in the yard 4 times a week. You do not have to keep them inside (unless it is too cold). They're also small, gentle, and easy to clean up after.
Mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. make great low-maintenance pets and can be kept as indoor pets or outdoor pets, provided they have the appropriate conditions in their cage.
Chinchillas usually like to be kept alone or in pods of 2 or less. They are best kept in large indoor cages and require weekly feeding and watering. They are a great pet to keep if you have little time to care for an animal. The chinchilla is very similar to a rabbit and can even be allowed to roam around your home if you don't mind them nibbling on things they find. Like rabbits, they are small, soft, and also great with kids.
In Mexico, people keep them as pets similar to the way we keep dogs in the U.S. There are a few reasons why chickens make great outdoor pets. They require very little interaction, they only need to be fed once every other day, they can find they're own food and water, and they do not need shelter. Chickens that are kept alone and cared for properly are extremely loyal. They can be a great companion, and will usually great you in the morning with a song and dance. They also do a great job of chasing off unwanted critters and providing you with fresh eggs!
Bugs usually require little food and water, and can be kept in small containers. Ants are a great idea, especially for kids. An ant farm requires almost no maintenance at all.
These fascinating animals make great outdoor pets, but require an appropriate habitat. They thrive in dry and warm environments, but require lots of water and fruits to keep them hydrated.
There is no such thing as a pet that requires absolutely zero maintenance. It is inappropriate to consider keeping a living thing if you are unwilling or unable to spend time with it. Any animal, reptile, or insect kept as a pet should be cared for at least once a day. A good rule of thumb is to try to spend an hour a day with your pet. This list suggests animals that require little maintenance, but you must still give your pets a sufficient amount of care and attention. It's also important to consider your environment. If you live in a busy city or somewhere cold, the tips above may not apply to you and you could harm an animal if you keep it outside. It is best to consult with an animal specialist before making a decision on which pet to keep.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.