No matter what your daily schedule entails, taking responsibility for a pet is an important commitment. Even relatively low maintenance animals require care and attention to ensure they stay happy and healthy. Unfortunately, this can be bad news for anyone who is constantly on the road and still longs for the companionship that pet ownership can provide. But while any decision to adopt a living creature should be seriously weighed by everyone, certain animals can do well with a nomadic lifestyle, provided there is the right amount of planning and preparation. Read on to see which pets experts say are best if you travel all the time.
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With no need for house training or a walking schedule, fish are one of the easiest animals to adopt as first-time pet parents, period. And according to experts, they’re also suitable for anyone who has to go out of town frequently, especially if you can get help from a friend, roommate or neighbor while you’re away.
“The best you could hope for is a fish tank that you fill with slow-release food balls while you’re away.” amanda takiguchiDVM, veterinarian and founder of Trending Breeds, tells Better life.
Other experts agree with the idea of an aquatic companion. “They don’t need a lot of space, they don’t make a lot of noise, they’re easy to feed, and they’re low-maintenance for constant travelers.” Deepanshu Bedimarketing director of the animal care company Holistapet, tells Better life. “Also, looking at fish swimming can be therapeutic and make you feel good when you spend time at home.”
While they may not be for everyone, those looking for a pet that will adapt relatively well to an owner’s heavy travel schedule should consider heading to the reptile section of their pet store.
“Most adult snakes can be left alone for a week, as long as they have been fed for at least two days before leaving and have access to fresh water.” Peter Cabfounder and owner of Reptile Craze, has Better life. “Snakes will not get stressed or lonely even if you leave them for a long time, as they are solitary reptiles. This makes them perfect pets for constant travelers, as they are very unlikely to run into any trouble, even when they are unattended,” adding that lights and heaters still need to be set on timers to make sure the enclosure provides them with the healthiest environment.
Other experts point out that certain types are even easier to adopt than others. “Many species of snakes, such as corn or milk snakes, are fairly low maintenance once their enclosure is set up,” joseph sneadpet expert and CEO of Rainwalk Pet Insurance, has Better life. “Adults of these species typically require feeding every 14 days, and as long as you have a proper heat source and thermostat and someone to change their water, they’re not a pet you need to worry about while you’re around.” you are far”.
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Let’s be clear: Certain types of animals require a lot of human affection and attention, no matter how independent they may seem. But if you’re the kind of person who relies on help from friends, family, or roommates, you may be able to consider a feline friend with careful planning.
“In general, cats will be much easier to handle than dogs if you travel a lot.” Patrick Holmboechief veterinarian at Cooper Pet Care, tells Better life. “A cat doesn’t need to go out for walks, and it’s very easy to clean a litter tray if you have someone to stay with you or come over to watch it while you’re away. Automatic feedings also work great for cats, which again it allows them to be alone for an extended period of time.”
“Cats in general also need less human interaction, which again allows you to travel more and have someone come over to the house from time to time,” she adds. However, Holmboe stresses that you should never take responsibility for a cat you’re not sure you can care for on your own.
Pets can come in all shapes, sizes, breeds, and species. And if you’re looking for a relatively low-maintenance companion, experts say tarantulas can do well with busy travel schedules for anyone who isn’t arachnophobic.
“If you like creepy pets, tarantulas are perfect,” Daniel Chaphillpet expert and co-founder of The Dog Tale, tells Better life. “Since they don’t have the same feeding or social requirements as a dog or cat, arachnids can make great exotic pets for those who travel a lot.”
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Any expert would agree that it is absolutely essential to admit that hectic travel schedules make responsible pet ownership of any kind impossible for some people. But if you still crave affection from animals, it might be helpful to collaborate with someone else’s pet as an occasional sitter when you have the time.
“Perhaps it would be best to find a neighbor who has a pet dog, explain the circumstances, and see if you can take the dog for a walk when you’re in the house,” Takiguchi suggests. “Rescue centers, like those for retired greyhounds, often allow people to walk their dogs. Or maybe you could find a local stable and go horseback riding when you’re home.”