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Tips for Owning a Pet When Renting an Apartment Home

Tips for Owning a Pet When Renting an Apartment Home

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Is the first thing on your list of apartment needs "must allow pets"? Although it wasn't always simple to find pet-friendly housing in the past, more and more rental communities are now allowing pets. Living in an apartment requires some sacrifices, but if you follow these four guidelines, it can be a highly rewarding experience for both you and your cat.

Read Your Lease Carefully

As a pet owner, your lease spells out exactly what you may anticipate. In most circumstances, you'll have to pay a larger deposit and monthly rent than other tenants. If you have a pet, your lease may specify particular requirements that you must observe. You might be expected to clean up after your dog and keep birds and reptiles in cages, for example. Your lease may also specify the number of dogs allowed, as well as any breed or weight limits.


Where to Go Potty Plans

When looking at apartment possibilities, pet waste disposal may seem little, but it can have a huge impact on your quality of life. When you have to slog up and down the steps for toilet excursions, the third-floor walk-up could seem like a fantastic option. When you have a pet, having easy access to the outdoors is always a plus. Although a first-floor apartment may be best, if you reside in a building with elevators, higher levels can be a decent option.

Many apartment complexes provide pet-only restroom spots. Allowing your pet to fertilize the shrubs or lawn will not endear you to your neighbors or landlord. It's a good idea to collect a couple of plastic bags before you start your stroll because you never know when your dog will need to go potty. Cleaning up after your dog might get you a bad neighbor tag or, worse, a fine.

If you have a cat, be sure the bathroom in your apartment can fit a litter pan. Scoop at least once a day to keep odor under control. Hooded litter boxes can help reduce odor and keep litter contained, but not all cats are fond of them. If your pet doesn't like the hooded box, he or she may have to eliminate the outside of it.
Remove all litter and wash the box with mild soap and water once a week, regardless of the type of box you use, to avoid leftover odors. To keep odors at bay, bird cages, rabbit cages, gerbil cages, hamster cages, and guinea pig cages all require weekly cleaning.

Think About Your Pet’s Needs When Apartment Shopping

When you live with a pet, the size of your apartment is important. Your pet may feel frustrated and bored as a result of the cramped conditions. Unfortunately, your pet is unable to communicate with you and may resort to chewing the carpeting or scratching the walls to express its dissatisfaction.
When touring apartments, pay close attention to the floor plan. Your pets will have plenty of areas to explore and play in apartments with clear walkways between rooms and huge room sizes. It's also crucial to consider your pet's activity level, as high-energy canines may struggle to adapt to living in confined confines. If you have a high-energy dog and aren't home during the day, hiring a dog walker or enrolling your pet in doggy daycare may be a good option.

Consider Exercise Options Around the Apartment

Exercising your dog keeps him in shape and helps him burn off surplus energy. Unfortunately, if your apartment complex lacks adequate space for running or playing, you may find yourself spending more time commuting to nearby parks than you intended. Some rental communities provide on-site dog parks, which allow your dog to get some exercise while also allowing you to get to know your pet-loving neighbors.
Pets are welcome here at Brookdale on the Park, with few restrictions and a convenient on-site grass areas. Kitchens and baths, private balconies, walk-in closets, and other amenities are included in the apartments.

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