Adding a pet to your household is a serious decision, with many factors to consider when choosing the best pet for you. One of these factors is cost. Fortunately, small critters are the most affordable of all pets, both in initial purchase price and yearly upkeep. With the exception of more rare species, pocket pets and other small mammals are affordable for most people. That said, the differences in costs that do exist are worth noting.
Different species also require different types of care, which can vary the demands on your time and available space in your home. All of these details help you determine which small pet is best for you.
To help make your decision easier, we’ve put together this list of factors to keep in mind when deciding what type of small pet best fits your lifestyle. To create this chart I contacted a vast number of sources, including breeders, shelters, organizations, veterinarians and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.
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