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Good Extremely Inexpensive And Low-Maintenance Pet?

Discussion in 'Insects , Snails and other exotic pets' started by LapisOre, May 15, 2017.


  1. LapisOre

    LapisOre Invertebrate Enthusiast, Mantis Master

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    Is there any kind of inexpensive and low-maintenance pet that isn't a tarantula, spider or beetle? Thanks! :)
     
  2. simplysardonic

    simplysardonic Moderator
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    No.

    All animals require maintenance & routine expenditure in the form of time and money- initial setup & acquisition of the animal/s are just the start.
     
  3. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

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    In one word, No.

    Even a hamster, that sadly, a number of people seem to consider as a 'low maintenance, not expensive' pet, is not so.

    Taking my example:

    First you need to research, done properly, which should always happen, will take time.

    Then you need to buy at the minimum:
    Cage
    Water bottle
    Substrate
    Hide-away
    Chews
    Food
    Toys

    Then you need to get the hamster.

    Once you have the hamster on a daily basis he/she would need fresh food, fresh water and time outside the cage in either a hamster proof room or in a play pen or bath, you would need to stay with the hamster during their time out.

    Then at least once a week you need to clean the cage.

    On going costs would be substrate, food, chews and of course, if your hamster got ill, vet fees.
     
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  4. Smuge

    Smuge PetForums VIP

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    Certainly not fish. I used to have a tank and they cost a fortune! Love them tho
     
  5. simplysardonic

    simplysardonic Moderator
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    ^^^^
    This

    Even fish & invertebrates are high maintenance beyond initial purchase, as many require stable temperatures, water chemistry etc.
     
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  6. Dr Pepper

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    Sea monkey's.
     
  7. LapisOre

    LapisOre Invertebrate Enthusiast, Mantis Master

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    I mean any good inverts, not things like fish and hamsters.
     
  8. LapisOre

    LapisOre Invertebrate Enthusiast, Mantis Master

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    But yea, most pets are expensive to keep.
     
  9. SnailTrail

    SnailTrail PetForums Newbie

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    Snails are pets that can be very inexpensive ( find them outside ) and don't require much maintenance. Of course, you still need to take good care of them and they have certain requirements but very few compared to other animals.
     
  10. Rixsta911

    Rixsta911 PetForums Newbie

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    I would say Giant African Land Snails although I spent £400 pound on mine lol. You can of course do it much cheaper and you don't need pet food, they eat your scraps of veg, fruit and salad. They are amazing pets, so underated, I love watching mine in the evenings.
     
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