Best pets for students: An overview and tips for making a decision
Written by Kerstin Lakits, Feb 24, 2022
Written by Kerstin Lakits, Feb 24, 2022
Whether you should get a pet, is a hard decision. Every animal deserves a great home and loving owner. Therefore, there are some aspects to consider before you choose an animal companion. Now we want to look at these aspects.
Pets cost money and often times it’s underestimated how expensive pets can be. Therefore, your first question should be: “Can I even afford a pet?”. Costs can be divided in acquisition and maintenance costs.
Acquisition costs vary a lot. For example, pets from a breeder are much more expensive than animals from an animal shelter. Depending on the animal and race, the maintenance costs may vary as well. Keep in mind that the maintenance costs arise monthly.
Most of all, your animals need you, your time and your attention. How much your pet needs, partially also depends on the kind of animal. Dogs need more attention than fish. Therefore, you should ask yourself how much time you want to invest in your pet. An animal is not a pretty accessory, but a living being that needs love and attention.
Who takes care of your pet, if you want to go on vacation or spend all day at university? Talk to your family, your friends and your flat-mates beforehand, if somebody wants to take care of your pet when you aren’t home all day or several days. Worst case, there are also special animal pensions and professional pet-sitters, which can take care of your pet in your absence.
Please remember that pets aren’t decoration or toys. They are living beings that deserves a loving and species-appropriate life. But if you can offer your pet the optimal living conditions, then there is nothing stopping you from getting a pet.
After making sure that you can afford a pet financially and time-wise, you should think about which type of animal is appropriate for your living situation. The rest is up to you: Pick a breed and look for offers in animal shelters, pet shops or breeders.
Before making a definite decision, you should also inform yourself about the correct keeping and care and then prepare your home for the new animal.
It can be difficult for students to find an appropriate pet because the environment is often times not ideal. Neither money nor time are normally available in abundance. However, you don’t automatically have to renounce a pet. Here are types of animals that, depending on your living circumstances, can be appropriate for students.
Approx. acquisition costs: 200-400€
Approx. monthly costs: 60-80€
Not only dogs, but cats are also really popular pets. Cats are especially fitting for people who prefer to cuddle with their pet at home than go hiking in nature. Cats can sometimes be a bit moody, but they warm our heart with their playful and cuddly nature. If you’re not at home throughout the day, your cat will seek a sunny place to relax. Cats can get up to 20 years old.
Approx. acquisition costs: 300-500€
Approx. monthly costs: 30-50€
Geckos, lizards, snakes and the like are especially popular because they live among themselves pretty well and don’t need much attention – so perfect if you are at university the whole day. Reptiles also provoke admiration from your guest. Depending on the species, reptile get 10 to 20 years old.
Approx. acquisition costs: 80-120€
Approx. monthly costs: 10-20€
Fish are the most undemanding and easiest pets. The often colourful water animals as well as their aquariums can be really beautiful accessories for your apartment. Taking care of fish is quite simple and apart from the daily feeding there is not much to do. Depending on the species, fish can even get older than 4 and up to 8 years old.
Hopefully all this information make your decision if and what pet you should get easier. Maybe a cute little animal brightens your student life soon. Here are some tips for travelling with a pet!
We wish you a lot of fun with your new animal!