Monday, June 9, 2014

Preparing for a pet in your apartment

Because apartments have become the modern home, more and more landlords and administrators are allowing tenants to keep pets. Not only do pets make good ‘security guards’, especially for those who live alone, but they also bring life to the apartment.

Some properties limit pet ownership to only one pet per unit or do not allow pets to be brought into the elevators or around building playgrounds and poolsides.

If you’re thinking about getting a dog or cat, keep the following in mind…

Ask about pet-specific rules

Some properties limit pet ownership to only one pet per unit or do not allow pets to be brought into the elevators or around building playgrounds and poolsides.

Most of the time, it's only a matter of keeping a clean and fresh smelling apartment or just picking up after your pet's mess. Before buying or adopting a pet, clarify the rules with the landlord or building owner.

The right fit

Even pet-friendly apartments draw the line at large pets, especially large dogs such as Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. Large pets are full of energy and need lots of exercise or they become destructive. Be realistic, and choose a breed or species that will grow into but not outgrow your apartment.

Making space and time

Even if you get a pet that can take care of itself, you still need to put in the effort to take care of him. Just like children, even the most aloof or low-maintenance pets need love and attention. Cats groom themselves but will need the occasional bath and their litter boxes need to be emptied. Fish need to be fed, and they need a clean aquarium to live in.

If you're thinking of owning a pet, bear in mind that it isn't like buying an accessory or furniture. If you take care of a pet and love it - goldfish included - it will be happy and healthy and love you back. 


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