Loving your pet is the easy part. Making sure they have everything they need is a different story. If you don’t have a big backyard because you live in an apartment things can be a bit tricky. You don’t have to feel too restricted or overwhelmed. Living in an apartment does not automatically mean you can’t have a happy and healthy pet! We all know that we need to take our pets outside; they are like people in that they need exercise and healthy food. Providing all of the essentials for a happy and healthy pet is not impossible while living in an apartment. Check out these key factors and they us help you decide if apartment living is appropriate for you and your pet.
Size is Important
If you’re in the market for a dog and live in an apartment be sure to consider the size of the breed. There are a few things you want to avoid when looking for a pet. Avoid getting pets that are large or high energy! Smaller and more docile pets are best for apartment living.
Keeping your pet up to date on vaccinations is important no matter where you live. However, if you reside in an apartment, it’s even more important. Outdoor spaces are often shared with other pets and people. That shared space can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria for a pet. Keeping pets up to date on shots is better for everyone.
More often than not there are rules at apartment complexes in regards to pets. Be sure you know what the rules are before getting a pet or moving into a new space. Also, be prepared to pay any deposits that are required.
Everyone knows that pets need some of your time. When you live in an apartment, this time needs to be used for exercise and play time. Make sure you set time aside for your pet every single day.
Living in an apartment with a pet means you may need to focus on house training. No one wants to travel multiple times a day to go outside for a potty break. House training will let you relax a bit more and not have to make the trips outside.
Being a kind neighbor is crucial in an apartment complex. When you have a pet, it’s even more important to be neighborly. Socialize your pet with other pets in the building as well as with other people. Approach introductions slowly to ensure the safety of everyone. Also, be aware that your pet may not like everyone and everything.