The problem that many people have with pets is that they can be really expensive to buy and maintain. More often than not, if they are cheap, they aren’t that fun. However, we are here to provide you with some great examples of pets for the family that are both fun and affordable.
Yes, it is definitely possible to get a pet that is fun to have and also won’t ruin your budget. It just takes some careful planning. Here are some examples of what we feel are 3 great pets that are both affordable and fun for the family.
3 Affordable & Fun Pets For The Family.
1. Betta Fish
The betta fish is a really awesome pet to have in your home no doubt. There is a reason why so many people pick the betta fish as their first fish. It is because it is easy and inexpensive to take care of. Of course that is not the only reason. Betta fish look simply stunning, plus they are fun to watch too. Have you ever held a mirror up in front of a betta fish? It can be quite entertaining as long as you don’t let it get out of hand.
Anyway, the betta fish is very bright and colourful, plus they can come in all kinds of different colours too. They are sure to lighten and liven up any room they are in. If you did not already know, betta fish can be very aggressive. So housing them with other bettas is usually not the best idea, but they can be housed together with certain other fish no problem. The point is that your kids will love watching these guys swim around. Everybody does!
Also betta fish are relatively easy to take care of too. They don’t require too much time or attention. Sure, you have to feed them and clean their tank regularly, but that is about it. It’s a good pet for families that don’t want to spend all that much time looking after an animal, but still want an animal in the home. There is also the fact that they are relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain. The fish itself does not cost very much at all, the betta tank is not too pricey (this site has covered the best betta tanks for the money), and the other components won’t bankrupt you either.
Betta fish can breathe real air like we can, so there is no need for an air pump. Also, because betta fish are usually solitary, you only need a small filter for the water. Besides those things, all you really need is a couple of plants, some substrate, and some food. The betta fish is definitely one of the least expensive fish that you could have in your home.
After you have bought everything, the only thing you will need to keep getting is fish food, which is not very expensive at all. These guys may not be the best cuddle buddies, but they are certainly fun to watch!
Another cool pet that you can get for your family, which is both fun and inexpensive, is the turtle, or multiple turtles. The thing that many people love about turtles, as opposed to fish, is that they are much more interactive. You can’t really pick up a fish, so the amount of fun you can have with something like a betta fish is somewhat limited. However, that is not true for a turtle. You can definitely pick turtles up, hold them, and even let them run around your home for a little bit.
Just be sure to always wash your hands after touching them, especially before eating food, as salmonella is a very real threat. No, salmonella usually won’t kill you unless you are already very weak, but it can certainly cause some discomfort. Anyway, the point is that they are definitely fun pets for the family. They are fun to watch and they are fun to pick up and play with too. It is almost guaranteed that your whole family, especially the kids, will love having some turtles in the home.
Turtles are also not very expensive to buy or maintain. Well, they are a little more expensive than the aforementioned betta fish, but they still don’t cost very much when compared to something like a dog. Turtles don’t cost very much to begin with, which is true even if you buy a few of them. The same can be said for the turtle tank, the filter (getting the right kind of filter is important), substrate, plants, and lights.
Now, it may sound like a turtle is going to be expensive because you need so much equipment. However none of those things cost that much, especially if you shop in the right places. For the turtle filter, two lights, some plants and substrate, and a little basking area, you are looking at $300 at most. Yes, you will have to feed your turtles, but they love to eat lots of fruits and veggies which you probably buy for yourself anyway. Heck, these guys will eat lettuce and all of that other leftover vegetable matter your kids won’t even eat.
There is also the fact that turtles do not require all that much upkeep either. You can simply feed them, make sure their lights are on a steady timer, and clean their tank maybe once per week. It’s a good choice for a family who wants a pet, wants an affordable one, and doesn’t want to spend too much time on cleanup duty.
3. A Small Reptile (lizard or snake)
Ok, so many people seem to have problems with reptiles because they look all weird and slimy. However, if you really get to know a nice little lizard or snake, you will quickly learn that they are in fact very loyal and fun loving pets. Now, we are going to leave it up to you whether you want a snake or lizard, because as far as expenses and caring for them are concerned, they are more or less the same. The point here is that lizards and snakes can definitely be a whole lot of fun.
They are very interactive and don’t just sit in a tank like fish do. Sure, they will spend most of their time in that terrarium, but you can always take them out and play with them, so to speak. No, they won’t fetch a ball, but they do often like to be touched, pet, and scratched, almost like a dog or cat.
Snakes especially love to wrap themselves around you, maybe just because you are warm, but it makes for an interactive day none the less. Also, people simply love to watch snakes and lizards devour their meals. Something about that cycle of natural life is just so darn intriguing.
In terms of cost, you are not looking at that much money being spent. The most expensive part will be actually buying the animal, especially if you are looking for something rare. However, generally speaking, popular snakes and lizards are not too pricey. Also, all you really need is some substrate, maybe some rocks, wood, and plants, and the tank itself. You will also need a light because these animals are cold blooded, but that is about it. In terms of feeding costs, crickets and mice are dirt cheap, so there is no problem there.
The bottom line is that betta fish, turtles, and some kind of small reptile like a snake or turtle all make for great pets for the family. Ones that are both affordable and fun. Just find out what you and your family prefer and don’t hesitate to go for it!