Cheapest Pets To Own

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Cat and dog owners know they can be expensive to care for. That’s why so many turn to owning pets that are far less expensive to own. Here are some of the cheapest pets to have and estimates of their annual costs.
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Cheapest Pets To Care For

Betta Fish: Betta Fish are colorful and becoming more popular. They don’t need elaborate filters or tanks and basically just need food and clean water. Annual Cost: Under $50
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Cheapest Pets To Care For

Goldfish: Goldfish are the world’s most popular non mammal/reptile/bird pet and live a relatively long time. They can either live alone in clean water or with other non-predatory fish in a filtered tank. Basically all you need is some fish food and let them grow to their max size based on their environment. Annual Cost: Under $150
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Cheapest Pets To Care For

Hermit Crabs: Hermit crabs are gaining in popularity and can live in a good sized plastic aquarium with clean gravel on the bottom. 3 or 4 times a year they require a larger shell and should be fed small amounts of food daily. Annual Cost: Under $100
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Geckos: Reptiles can be pretty boring since they don’t play or do much of anything but stare at you. Still, people love them and Geckos are very popular. Upfront costs are usually in the $75 range for a habitat and the cost of the animal itself. The best part? They eat worms… Annual Cost: Under $100
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Pet Rats: The entry-level mammal pet gets a bad rap. But, tame rodents are actually naturally clean and just require a change of bedding (paper or straw) twice a week, fresh water and a daily dose of fruits, veggies and nuts. Annual Cost: Under $250
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Guinea Pigs: Next up the mammal food chain are guinea pigs which are impossibly cute, lively and funny. They require a bit more care, regular habitat cleaning and fairly inexpensive food. A yearly vet visit isn’t a bad idea either. Annual Cost: Under $300
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Hamsters: Possibly the most popular pet in the world (aside from cats and dogs) hamsters are friendly, loving, cute and extremely active. They prefer living in enclosed habitats with several tunnels to simulate burrowing and need a bit more attention than guinea pigs. They tend to eat whatever is in sight so be careful not to overfeed. Annual Cost: Under $350
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Chickens: Some folks are claiming their pet chickens display personality traits and become attached to their owners. They should be raised mostly outdoors and fed corn meal daily. And just think of the money saved on fresh eggs! Annual Cost: Under $300
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Pet Birds: Smaller birds, like Budgies are colorful, cute and fun. They can live a surprisingly long time if cared for properly and have a same sex companion. A small cage, a handful of bird seed and some daily flying time around the house can bring years of enjoyment. Annual Cost: Under $150
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Cheapest Pets To Care For

Sea Monkeys: Those old ads showing human-like sea monkeys are bogus, of course. Sea Monkeys are just brine. They’re easier to care for than goldfish, requiring a small plastic aquarium and clean water. A sprinkle of fish food daily is all that’s necessary. Seriously. They’re real… Annual Cost: Under $50
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