10 Perfect Pets For College Kids Who Can't Have A Cat Or Dog

10 Perfect Pets For College Kids Who Can't Have A Cat Or Dog

If you are looking for a fun and creative college pet, this article is for you!
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I have been searching for a pet this week, so I figured I'd summarize my findings here. There are so many incredible pets that need homes, here are the best ones for those of us that need a low maintenance yet fun friend to spend college, and the rest of life with!

1. Fish

Starting off small, I know. But many of us jump into college without the slightest clue of what we're doing, so this is probably going to be a good first pet if you’re on that list. My experience with fish: my roommate had two great fish in her dorm, and they were great friends of ours. However, my boyfriend killed my fish Jeffery because he didn’t realize that you can’t pick up fish with your hands. Shocking, I know. Try out a fish for yourself though, and if you forget to feed it or drop it down the garbage disposal, you won’t feel THAT bad.

2. A Rock

This is the best pet for the type of college student who refuses to do their own laundry. No tank to clean, no need to remember literally ANYTHING. Plus, you can decorate him or her however you want, and it will always listen. Click on the picture for a book on how to care for your rock.

3. Aquatic Turtle

This is my pet of choice. I love turtles because they are fun to look at as they swim around their tank, but they are also low maintenance; they only need to be fed a few times per week. They have a relatively high start-up cost because of the tank and related items, but after that, they are pretty cheap!

4. Snail

These are about as much work as the rock, except when you get bored you can redecorate its shell so it’s like you have a whole new living pet!.

5. Hamster

For those of you who want a bit more responsibility, get one of these furry creatures. They are fun, love to run around your apartment, and now I think they have leashes for them, so you can pretend it’s a dog.

6. Hedgehog

Another adorable member of the rodent family, the hedgehog is a cute and unique pet that all your friends will be jealous of. They are a lot of fun to play with and a unique addition to your friend group!

7. Toucan

This pet is for the really rich college kids with too much free time. It will make everyone you know say, "Hey, I wish I had a toucan," but they know they never will because they have neither the time nor the financial capacity to raise a toucan from birth. If you want to know more about owning a toucan, click on the picture below.

8. Hermit Crab

Hermit crabs are for those of you who have always wanted a crustacean but are too lazy for the responsibility of owning a live lobster. They don’t need a lot of space, and are cool to look at. Plus if you hate their outfit, you can always get them a new shell because they’ll probably grow out of it!

9. Tortoise

There is a very big distinction between a turtle and a tortoise. While red eared slider turtles grow to be about 10-12 inches long, tortoises grow to be almost 100 pounds, and can live to be a hundred years old. However, while you're in college, the tortoise won't grow to be bigger than your standard fresh water turtle, which means it remains a household pet when you need it to be, then grows to be big and strong as you grow up!

10. Tree Frog

These carnivores are small, nocturnal animals that will awaken your inner night-owl. Get a tree frog if you want a feisty little pet that doesn’t need a lot of space. Though fragile, they are fun to hold and they love to jump around, so you’d be able to have a lot of fun playing hide and seek with them!

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18 Realities Only Chihuahua Owners Understand

Tiny tongues, toys and tummy rubs.
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Being a Chihuahua owner is a task many are not cut out for. Chihuahua hearts are big but there owners' are bigger. From constant coddling to invasive snuggles, there are some things only a Chihuahua owner understands:

1. Tiny tongue in your nose.

Be wary. Look away for a moment and your Chihuahua's tongue will slide into your nose faster than you can say stop. Just to be clear, this doesn't end at noses. Other body cavities, such as the eyes, ears and mouth are also at risk for Chihuahua infiltration.

2. Cat toys are its toys.

When your dog is tiny, it needs tiny toys.

3. Burying.

If your dog is missing, it's probably at the foot of your bed... under the covers. Oh, your bed is made? You don't think they would have been able to nuzzle down without disturbing your pillows? Wrong.

4. Claw marks halfway to your knee.

Because they want to be picked up and that's as high as they can reach.

5. Belly rubs.

Lots of them.

6. The fact that your dog is basically a cat.

They play with cat toys. They're cat sized.

7. The fact that your dog is more like a baby than a dog, or even a cat.

Okay, scratch that. Owning a chihuahua is more like having an infant that needs constant coddling. If they could talk we'd hear "pick me up, mommy" all day long.

8. The shakes.

Shakes because they're scared. Shakes because they're nervous.

9. Any miniature sized objects become toys.

Wine corks, toilet paper rolls...

10. Constant crying.

They cry when they're too excited, overwhelmed or scared which means it's always eye-wiping time!

11. Snuggles in your body's crevices

Mere cuddling is not enough for these creatures. Snuggling is only adequate when they strategically place themselves into the most irritating curve of your body- like the arch of your back or the back of your knees.

12. Being judged for the type of dog you own.

As if all Chihuahua owners participate in this type of embarrassing behavior... not saying that I don't.

13. Little dog syndrome.

14. Rain is not your friend.

Let's not even talk about thunder. There's no way you're getting your dog out of the house for a of couple hours.

15. You can't count how many times your dog has been called the Taco Bell Dog.

Yes, we get it, it's a Chihuahua. No, it doesn't need a sombrero.

16. You never go anywhere in your house alone.

Going to the kitchen? So are they! Bathroom, no problem, they'll be there to support you!

17. 'Sit' probably took you six months.

Let's just say, at least they've got the cute thing going for them.

18. The stank eye.



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7 Different Guys You Know And Their Flower Zodiac Signs

The Daffodil shows beauty and respect, which you may find in a guy best friend.

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Wake up and smell the roses! Everyone has a zodiac sign and whether your man is a Gemini (Mr. Split Personality), a Virgo (Mr. Modest), or any other of the 13 signs, then let me introduce you to their flower sign. The summer when flowers bloom, are picked and are given as a gift, matches the characteristics of several different types of men a woman will eventually encounter.

Here are seven types of guys and their beautiful floral zodiac sign all made up by yours truly.

1. The Bad Boy - Black Baccara Rose

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A somewhat drama filled yet stunning flower that will add a little mystery to your garden. Just from its bold color, dominance and confidence, exploding out of the image of this black rose, shares similar characteristics to a bad boy who wears a leather jacket and picks you up on his motorcycle (kind of like Noah Flynn from "The Kissing Booth").

2. The Smarty Pants - Gladiolus

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This flower comes from the Iris family and represents strength of character while symbolizing admiration, possibly of intelligence. The Gladiolus grows rounded, similar to a well rounded boy with brains and comes in many different species. The Iris itself is a representation of wisdom.

3. The Jock - Oriental Poppy

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The Oriental Poppy has a fiery red-orange color to it with a long lasting life span. Their roots go deep into the soil, similar to an athlete who portrays strength. This plant needs a lot of sun in order to meet the right growing requirements and while this giant flower looks beautiful, a jock is sometimes over confident in the looks department as well.

4. The Unexperienced Innocent - Freesia

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The Freesia represents pure innocence and thoughtfulness. If anyone has ever gone out with a guy who reeks of innocence, it actually can be very refreshing with no pressure, unlike the characteristics of Noah Flynn.

5. The Partier - Anthuriums

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Look out because these beautiful fun looking flowers can be very exotic. They are more tropical and are even known as the Flamingo Flowers. They range in all different colors and when you think of a boy who likes to have fun, the possibilities are endless.

6. The Best Friend - Daffodil

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A popular flower, the Daffodil symbolizes friendship and new beginnings. They also indicate happiness and joy, something that a best friend will bring into your life. The Daffodil shows beauty and respect, which you may find in a guy best friend.

7. The Know It All - Hyacinth

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Mr. Know It All is annoying and will usually always one up you. For an example, if you saw an amazing concert and shared it with Mr. I Know More Than You, he probably saw the same concert and had front row seats and even met the band. It is not exactly fun to hang out with someone who is also always correcting you. Anyway, even though this flower shows playfulness, is represents rashness and jealousy.

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