With the rental market booming, we no longer have the option to be picky. So what happens if you already have a pet and have to move? Would an apartment be suitable for your pet? If you already live in an apartment and desperately want a pet, what do you need to know before taking the leap? Here are 6 petiquette tips for apartment living with your furry housemate!
Type of Pet
If you don’t already have a pet but are planning on getting one, why not consider a small furry like a hamster or get a fish tank and fill it with beautifully coloured fish? These pets do not require a lot of space and would be perfect for apartment living!
As well as the size of the animal, consider their personality! A dog that barks a lot will raise complaints from neighbours. Dogs who have bundles of energy will go crackers without the readily available option of a garden. A cool, calm and collected dog would be the best choice. The Irish Kennel Club can give you a wealth of information on dog breeds. Learn more here: http://www.ikc.ie
Lets get High!
Cats love their own space, which can be hard for them to find in a small apartment. Cats love to climb and look down on us mere mortals below. If you have a cat, try and get an apartment with a high ceiling or a mezzanine. If this isn’t possible, then provide your cat with scratching posts and multi-level cat towers. Make sure windows are closed so your curious climbing cat doesn’t escape!
Exercise and Entertainment!
If your dog has oodles of energy, make sure they get copious amounts of daily exercise and play time both inside and outside. As well as walks and runs, play fetch as well to keep your dog engaged and happy. If you are not able to walk him or you work during the day, then organise someone else to bring your fur baby out. You can even hire a professional dog walker or leave your dog at doggy day care while you’re at work. Have plenty of toys and healthy chews as well in the apartment for your dog. Save your furniture from potential destruction!
Ground Floor or First Floor?
The handiest level for toilet breaks and walks are the ground floor or first floor. They are also the best choice for the least amount of noise for neighbours! If you’ve a dog whom loves to prance around like a spring lamb or a cat who enjoys running at full tilt from one side of the apartment to the other at 4 am, then you will not be the favourite amongst fellow apartment dwellers!
A dog will need a routine for bathroom breaks. Take him out at the same times throughout the day and evening and train him to go to the toilet in designated spots. Alternatively if you have a balcony (which has been pet proofed), you can purchase a dog potty artificial grass mat.
Cats on the other hand love their privacy. Keep their litter box in a private spot (a bathroom or spare room). Choosing an enclosed litter is tidier as it stops the litter falling onto the floor.