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pets and apartment living

There are many things that you need to take into consideration when choosing an apartment. If you already have a pet or plan on getting one, you need to carefully review the specifics of the apartments that you are considering. You don’t want to fall in love with an apartment only to find out that your furry friend isn’t welcome. Not only do you need to find an apartment that is accepting of your pet, you also need to consider the additional challenges that you may face as you and your pet transition into apartment living.

There are many things that you need to take into consideration when you’re looking to have either a cat or dog in an apartment setting. From issues such as breed, insurance and space, you want to be sure you’re prepared.

Before you bring a pet into an apartment:

Decide on the best pet for the environment

If you’re in the market for a new pet, you need to carefully choose the one that you are going to bring into an apartment setting. Cats are usually a pretty safe bet, but if you have your heart set on a dog, but many dog breeds aren’t cut out for apartment living. Many of them simply do not do well in confined spaces.

Research the breed you’re considering. Smaller dogs are more likely to adjust easier than some larger dogs, but there are always exceptions. Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds are lazier breeds and may be just fine in a smaller environment, but many large breeds won’t be.

Look into the rules of the apartment

Many apartment complexes have rules in regards to what types of pets can be kept there. There may be restrictions in regards to size or breed. Some places will not allow pets over a certain height and you may need to measure your dog to make sure that you fit within those guidelines. Make sure to keep this in mind when investigating both pets and different apartment buildings.

Consider the fees

Moving is expensive. Along with the security deposit and moving expenses, you will probably also have to pay a monthly fee for your pet. It’s important to keep this in mind as you search for apartments and adjust your budget. This could affect which apartments you look at and which ones you may be able to afford.

Do not lie to the landlord

If the apartment you’re looking at doesn’t accept pets, don’t think you can sneak one in. It is a bad idea and has the potential to get you evicted. Instead, talk to the landlord and you may be able to get an exception. If not, you’ll want to know right away before you fall in love with the apartment and so you can make different plans.

Consider Renters’ Pet Insurance

Your pet has the potential to damage things in your new apartment. Because of this, you should look into additional insurance. You don’t want to be stuck losing your security deposit or having additional expenses when you move out in the future.

Get an apartment on the first floor

If it’s at all possible, try to get a first floor apartment. This will make it much easier for you when taking your pet outside. It will also minimize the number of people you may run into as well as confrontations with other pets.

When you bring a pet into an apartment:

Get your pet outside

One of the most important things you need to do when you live in an apartment with a pet, especially if you have a dog, is make sure to get him or her a good amount of exercise. Dogs tend to have a lot of energy and they may start to destroy things if they don’t get enough exercise and stimulation. Make sure your dog gets outside as much as possible because they will go stir crazy too. Ideally, they need at least two walks per day to release some energy and an additional two high-intensity exercise sessions during the week as well.

Protect the floors

It’s important to be sure to protect your floors. Your pet should have a designated area in which to play in order to minimize the damage that they may cause. Using a mat under food and water dishes will also go a long way when protecting and keeping the floor clean and free of stains.

As long as you take some consideration and planning into it, you can enjoy living in an apartment with a pet. Just make sure to read the rules and give your pet plenty of attention.