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    What about chickens? We have chickens and they just free range all day and get locked in their coop at night. They eat the kitchen scraps and I just throw a small cup of laying mash out everyday. Their coop only needs cleaning out once a week and they are happy to be picked up, petted etc. One of them will happily sit on our shoulder as we walk around lol oh, and the best part, they lay eggs. Sounds like they tick all the boxes :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrstuilawa View Post
    Sea monkeys! Can you still get them?
    I used to love them! Unfortunately you can't pat them though which is a prerequisite for the op!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Boys Blue View Post
    What about chickens? We have chickens and they just free range all day and get locked in their coop at night. They eat the kitchen scraps and I just throw a small cup of laying mash out everyday. Their coop only needs cleaning out once a week and they are happy to be picked up, petted etc. One of them will happily sit on our shoulder as we walk around lol oh, and the best part, they lay eggs. Sounds like they tick all the boxes :thumbup:
    I agree with this^^^ we just bought some chicks. I don't think you can get anymore low maintenance than that?! They are happy to have a pat but are also happy to go about their own thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    All animals you can pet require regular attention though.

    Even if you get a "hand tame," small pet, they still require regular cleaning, cleaning of their living area, regular vet appointments, but also regular handling, or else they'll just not be very friendly anymore.

    I certainly wouldn't recommend a small pet to anyone who has a small child who is likely to be clumsy and hurt it. Birds, for example, if you freak them out once, they will hate you for life (and given the guys I have should live for about 30 years, that's a long time to be hated... lol). A guinea pig will scratch and bite if it's scared of you, and they do need to be handled gently, as do all pets of course, but particularly small ones.

    I'd say it's probably just not a good time to get a pet at all, as I'm not sure any pet meets the OP's requirements, not in a way it can live a decent life.
    I agree with Sassy - I'm not sure from the sounds of it any pet will meet the OP's requirements.

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    A rock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepouts View Post
    I used to love them! Unfortunately you can't pat them though which is a prerequisite for the op!
    Damn I thought I'd found the perfect pet!

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    Rabbits need ALOT of attention and a large space. I would say rabbits are more high maintenance than dogs to be honest. You need to give them social time with you every day plus they are happier in bonded pairs. They also need free time every day and a large hutch with plenty of room to run and jump. You need to disinfect their litter trays regularly (clean most days) and clean the whole hutch out at least twice a week.

    Also on the cat feeding issue. Please do not feed other people's cats! My nana had hers stolen by someone because they kept feeding it so it stopped coming home. My current cat has rather severe allergies and is on a special diet so we can always tell if she had food elsewhere because her whole face swells up!
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    We have a Maltese ship tzu that we rescued from RSPCA. He is very low maintence and only really requires cuddles and walking. By adopting we didn't need to worry about the whole toilet training thing and we were able to ascertain his personality before taking him home.

    Guinea pigs (if bought in pairs) can be quite low maintenance and big enough for proper cuddles. They just need a big enough space to live in and regular cleaning out. If you rescue a short hair breed you don't need worry about brushing them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaDiDah View Post
    We have a Maltese ship tzu that we rescued from RSPCA. He is very low maintence and only really requires cuddles and walking. By adopting we didn't need to worry about the whole toilet training thing and we were able to ascertain his personality before taking him home.

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    Oh I used to have one of them! Beautiful, beautiful dogs! They don't leave heaps of hair around either

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    If you get guinea pigs I recommend two of the same sex. They breed like crazy and next thing you know you have ten of them with high rates of birth defects from inbreeding.

    Other than that. They are cute and lovely and are great for keeping the grass cut if you rotate the position of the cage.


 
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