06/22/2011 05:00 pm ET Updated Aug 22, 2011

8 Reasons NOT To Bring Pets To College

Dorm rules are strict enough as it is (no candles, no loud music after a certain time, specific move-in/out days, etc...), but can you believe that some of the world's top schools actually allow (and encourage) their students to keep animals in their rooms? While it may seem like a cute idea at first, there are plenty of reasons why a college dorm room is possibly the worst place for an animal. And, yes, I know you're missing Fluffy right now, but bear with me.

1. Dorm rooms don't come with your own personal yard.

You can barely fit all of your junk into your little 10×10 room and still have room to breathe. What makes you think adding a dog (or some other medium/large animal) to that equation will make life any easier? Not to mention, dogs need a place to go out and run in order to stay healthy. Yes, some people keep poor dogs locked up in their tiny city apartments all day, but does that make it right? No.

2. You can't afford that much Febreeze.

Hopefully you keep your room somewhat clean, but isn't it just the worst when your roommate leaves an old pizza box somewhere? Or maybe your room smells the worst after you come back from a workout. Multiply both of those smells (and any other horrendous scents you can think of) by 100 and THAT'S what some old, dried up cat/dog/lizard/whatever waste will smell like.

3. Tank cleaning is boring, gross, and time consuming.

Fish and other aquatic pets are no exception to the "no pets" argument. While fish are relatively easy to take care of and contain, the tank is bound to get dirty at least a few times over the course of the year. Yes, in order to keep your fish tank from becoming a moldy, murky, and dangerous (to your fish, at least) environment, you'll have to dedicate at least an hour every 2 weeks (although most pet sites suggest cleaning more often) to fish housekeeping. Oh, also, you'll have to be super careful about avoiding any type of water damage.

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