Having a new addition to the family is always an exciting and joyous occassion! Most people, however, struggle about adopting a new animal companion into their homes, especially if their home is an apartment or a condominium because of the small space.
Here are some tips you should take note, to make sure you and your companion animal is still happy and comfortable despite the small space!
Be upfront with your landlord
It’s hard to find apartments or condos that are animal-loving and accept pets. If you plan on adopting an animal companion, ask your landlord or leasing office all about their pet policies, including the breeds, types and number of pets allowed before signing.
Don’t even think about sneaking an animal into your apartment. You might lose your security deposit, face eviction, or even be forced to rehome your animal companion in the process.
Research what kind of pet suits you best
Adopting a pet is not just a walk in the park is should not be made hastily. Take your time and think carefully whether the kind of animal companion or thinking of is suitable to your apartment, and whether your lifestyle can meet his needs.
Cats can make great apartment dwellers. They take up minimal space and are often content being left alone. Dogs are needier, but with the right breed, can still be great apartment space. Research about the dog’s breed to know more about his temperament, or ask his handler from the animal shelter to know whether he can fit and live happily in your apartment.
Smaller pets, like bunnies, guinea pigs, and gerbils can be perfect companions for small apartments. They take up only a limited amount of space, and they spend most of their time in enclosures.
Consider your pet’s activities
Dogs of all breeds and sizes require a certain amount of exercise to stay happy and healthy. If you’re living in an apartment or condo, try to look around your neighborhood if you have any dog parks and walking trails. If you’ll be working long hours, consider looking and hiring for a dog walker to take your animal companions for walks when you cannot.
For cats, playtime is still a very important activity. Make sure they have safe places to climb and toys she’ll enjoy while you’re gone.
Pet-proof your home
Pet proofing your home will make both your animal companions and belongings safe. Check your apartment for hazards, like loose wires, shoes, loose boards, and some of your things that you don’t want chewed up.
Remove houseplants or place them out of reach. Lilies, aloes, arrowhead, kalanchoe, amaryllis, oleander, dieffenbachie are some houseplants that can have moderate to very high toxic effects to dogs and cats.