When it comes to buying a pet there are many different pets to choose from. You can buy a cat, dog, bird, rabbit, chinchilla, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil or fish. It all really depends on how much effect you want to put into the pet and how much time you can spend with the pet also. For example, cats don't require as much maintenance as dogs do. Cats need a litterbox which is clean and fresh food and water daily. Dogs require a lot of exercise, at least 1 hour per day. If you have time to walk with the dog or give him or her a lot of exercise then a dog may be for you. You also have to look at your housing situation. If you live in an apartment they don't allow certain pets like cats or dogs. Smaller caged animals are allowed but you will need to check with your landlord first. If you live in an apartment and you choose to buy a dog there may not of room for the dog to run. If you spend a lot of time in the summer walking trails or being outdoors, you could still purchase a dog and bring it along with you. If you want a pet which isn't high maintenance I would suggest buying something like a hamster or a gergil. You can supply them with a wheel for exercise and all you need to do is change their bedding on a regular basis and supply it with food and water. If you are thinking about getting a bird you should know that more expensive birds like macaws and african greys require a lot of time. If the bird gets bored it will pluck its feathers. You need to spend a lot of time playing and talking to the bird. If you choose a bird like a lovebird it will not require as much time as a macaw would. Chinchillas, Guinea pigs and rabbits don't require a lot of time but it's very difficult to keep up on their cages. They are very messy and tend to throw bedding all over the entire room. If you are a neat freak I wouldn't suggest buying one of these pets unless you have a lot of time to clean up after them. You will also have to let them out of their cages so they can get exercise and be animals. If you are looking for a happy medium you may want to consider buying a fish. They do not need exercise. The only time you have to tank them out of their tank is when they die. You will have to do water changes and clean the tank once every couple of weeks. This is a lot of work if it's a large tank (125 gallon) but if you buy a smaller tank such as a 10 or 20 gallon it will not take you longer than 30 minutes to clean it.