Household pets are an excellent way to always have a friendly face around the house, often times bringing hours of joy and entertainment. Although pets are fun, they’re a ton of work to take care of, something only multiplied when apartment living comes into play.
The first major hurdle to overcome is your individual landlord or apartment community’s rules in regards to pets. Some are very lenient, while others will only allow certain types of pets, certain breeds, or even none at all. Once you’re sure your favorite feline friend is allowed to live with you, check out our top tips to sharing your apartment with a pet.
1. Get a variety of toys and playful stands
With a limited space in relation to most households, your cat or dog will often get restless. Cats must sharpen their claws and dogs must gnaw on things to keep their teeth sharp. If toys or playscapes are limited, your pet may turn your favorite bed set into a useless pile of rags. Many stands or play sets made for cats or dogs can be found cheap at stores or online, and will take up a small space in your apartment home.
2. Make sure you have access to outdoor space
Are you going to have a private space off your apartment, is there a common lawn to use for pets, or would you need to leave the community to walk your pet? These are all questions you must find out before deciding on a new pet. Mostly with dogs, some of them require ample space to run and play, while other, smaller dogs can make do with a smaller lot. Understand the requirements a pet will need before deciding on a pet, or even before picking an apartment. Because we are such animal lovers, many of Aspen’s properties include paw parks, perfect for your furry friend to run around and make some new friends.
3. Take care of your pet’s bathroom needs
There isn’t much worse than an improperly-trained house pet doing their business on your brand new living room rug. Making sure your new pet is properly house trained before leaving them alone for extended periods of time is crucial to a happy living situation. Begin with a designated, wired pen for them to spend most of their time before you’re confident they understand how and when to use the bathroom. Also, be sure to keep a cat’s (or dog’s) litter box constantly clean and fresh to avoid foul smells. All of Aspen’s pet friendly properties also include pet stations throughout the community so be sure to grab a bag and pick up after your furry friend!
4. Keep your pet healthy
A proper diet and regular veterinarian visits are a must to maintain pet healthiness. Proper pet food is specific to your pet, gender and breed, and feeding them a wrong food option could create major issues. Along with that, regular veterinarian checkups will help keep both you and your pet healthy for a long time.
By planning ahead and having a solid background of what your specific pet will require it’s possible to maintain a happy, cooperative, healthy relationship between yourself and your furry friend.