Wednesday, October 23, 2013
For pet enthusiasts, moving into a condo unit requires much careful consideration. While finding the perfect furry friend for your new home may become a bit of an ordeal, the search is sure to be worth it.
Before anything else, be sure to check your condominium association’s rules and regulations on pets. Some may have restrictions on the size or species of your pets.
Regardless of these rules though, there are still certain animals that are better suited to the apartment lifestyle. Condos don’t have much space for cats or dogs to romp and play around in. Some pets require much exercise to keep fit and healthy, while others don’t. There are also smaller and quieter animals that could become great, hassle-free companions in your new home.
Cats are very independent creatures and are generally low-maintenance. Since they don’t need extensive care and exercise, they are definitely pets fit for compact spaces. Just be sure to provide them with a litter box.
For small dog breeds, Pomeranians, Scottish Terriers, Beagles, Dachshunds and Pugs are great options for the apartment lifestyle. These breeds don’t need a big yard, since indoor activity is enough exercise for them.
Large dog breeds would need more exercise than their smaller counterparts. However, if you are a pet lover who likes taking your dogs out for a walk or playing with them at the park, Labrador Retrievers, Collies, Great Danes and Golden Retrievers are your best bets.
Rabbits and Hamsters
Rabbits and hamsters are sociable animals that can also be enjoyable pets. Their quiet, unobtrusive nature is great for condos, especially if you have touchy neighbors.
A hamster would only need a cage, bedding and a hamster wheel for exercise. A rabbit, on the other hand, would need a larger cage, especially if it has limited time outside its cage. It can also be litter box trained, so it can be left free to roam in your apartment.
If you want pet birds, African Grays, Finches and Canaries are best, since they are the smaller and quieter breeds. Avoid the larger ones, or else you’ll have your neighbors complaining about all the noisy squawking.
There are endless options of fish breeds to choose from, including saltwater and freshwater species. Their home may also range from a small fishbowl to a huge tank integrated into your home’s interiors. Some fish, especially colorful saltwater breeds like Clownfish, can also be decorative.
In choosing a pet, the important thing is to know which creature best caters to your home and lifestyle. Your home should be able to accommodate the needs of your pet, as well as become a healthy living environment for it. - Aislinn Kee