Pet tips for apartment living

Living with a pet is doable, and by following these five simple steps you can make the transition a success.

Pet tips for apartment living

As a renter and pet owner, you will have to make many tough decisions; deciding to live in an apartment with your pet is one of them. There are many variables to consider when choosing to live in a pet-friendly community. Living with a pet is doable, and by following these five simple steps you can make the transition a success.

  • Be realistic: There are some pets that simply are not meant to live in an apartment. Certain large breeds and temperaments may not be well-suited for apartment living. It is best to evaluate the apartment and pet prior to signing a lease.
  • Pick up after your pets: If you have a dog, properly dispense of their waste and if you have a cat frequently clean their litter box. This will prevent strange odors from making their way into a neighboring unit. Other pets, such as birds, hamsters, rabbits and fish will also require frequent maintenance.
  • Be courteous to neighbors: Not all people like pets, and if you hope to remain in good graces with your landlord and other tenants, being a responsible pet owner is a must. Try to keep your pet quiet as much as you possibly can, particularly in the early morning hours and at night.
  • Vaccinate: Your pet should be up-to-date on all vaccinations, be spayed or neutered, hold a county license and be healthy to prevent the spread of avoidable diseases.
  • Be sure your pet gets plenty of exercise: By living in an apartment, your pet will be confined to a small space. Exercise is imperative and be sure to set aside time for daily activity to promote health and happiness.

Remember: Living in an apartment with a pet is not for everyone. There are many things to consider when sharing an apartment with a pet. Deciding if it is the right choice for you requires weighing the pros and cons. If done correctly, apartment living with a pet is doable and can be a success.

Michigan State University Extension offers financial management and home ownership education classes. For more information of classes in your area, go to either the MSU Extension events feed or MI Money Health.

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