What Is the Cheapest Pet?

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)

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All growing up I wanted a pet. I wanted a rabbit, a hamster, a fish, and when feeling particularly ambitious, I wanted a horse or a dog. I never received any of these pets for Christmas, for my birthday, or for any other occasion. My parents just said that my grandparents' poodle would have to satiate my pet yen. Story being, I never got my pet. So, for those of you who are campaigning for a pet or for those of you on a budget, try looking for a cheap pet. So what is the cheapest pet?

So if you would like to have a pet, but you're on a limited budget, a bird makes a great choice. Caged birds, such as parakeets and canaries, don't eat much, and you can buy bird seed in bulk for very little. Hamsters are also on the cheap end and prove quite thrilling to children. With both hamsters and birds, you will need to purchase containers and a few initial supplies. After the initial investment you will be well equipped for your pet and will have a very low upkeep cost.

Another inexpensive pet is a fish. Now, the exotic fish probably are not too cheap, but your classic goldfish or other cheap fish is a great way to go. It's cheap to buy, cheap to maintain, cheap all around. The risk with the fish, however, is that the mortality rate tends to be higher than other pets, so keep that in mind. If you're looking for a cuddly pet, then the inexpensive rack is the wrong place to look because any pet that's particularly cuddly won't be too inexpensive. For the yearning you may have for a pet, cheap may be the way to go for you and hopefully these ideas will help you out!

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

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2016-04-24 12:44:39

Francesca Borgman

this was very helpful


2015-10-16 20:31:02

Kate

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!😘😘😘😘😘😘


2012-01-01 11:15:41

katie

this is very helpful, but i need more info about hamsters like real prices at a current day place like petco, petco hamsters are....; cages are.....; food is..... And So On. so that would be even more helpful