As the temperatures plunge, our furry family members are certainly feeling the cold the same as we are. There are a few ways to take care of your pet this winter, and your apartment community can even help with some of those tasks. Our top five tips are: Read the rest of this entry »
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Sam, a sweet, joyful cocker spaniel, is waiting anxiously to see his owners, John and Marley. His nose has been pressed up against the window for the past hour, even though they won’t be home from work for two more hours. Sam, of course, doesn’t have the same human concept of time. Still, while he has been waiting in his owners’ three bedroom apartment and has kept busy watching birds in the trees near his second-floor window, taking naps and playing with his favorite red rubber ball.
Sam, John, and Marley’s story is the same throughout apartment communities all over the U.S. Catering to furry family members has become one of the hallmarks of the apartment industry – and for good reason. Over 70 percent of U.S. households own a pet. In fact, more U.S. families own cats (30 percent) than own stocks (14 percent), according to The Federal Reserve. Cats are undoubtedly very popular pets, but more Americans own dogs: 36.5 percent of households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Other popular pets include birds, fish, ferrets, rabbits, turtles, hamsters and guinea pigs. Read the rest of this entry »
So you say you want a Great Dane, but are currently living in a 600-square-foot apartment? Contrary to what all those Disney movies have taught us, some dreams just can’t come true. Small apartment life with large pets can become a pain for you, your pets, and your landlord. Because sure, you can get a golden retriever for your efficiency apartment, but don’t expect your breakables to remain intact for very long. If you’re set on apartment life that includes a pet, be sure you take steps to select the right pet for the small apartment life.
First, you’ll need to find an apartment that allows pets, and clarify what kinds of pets it permits. For example, many apartments don’t allow certain breeds or sizes of dogs, and some will accept only certain kinds of birds. Next, you’ll need to find out if the apartment requires a pet deposit, or pet rent. Last, inspect the specific apartment unit to make sure it is suitable for your chosen pets.
Once you’ve found a small apartment that’s pet-friendly, pick your pet and enjoy the alternative pet lifestyle. For your consideration, here are 4 non-traditional pets that will thrive in small apartment life.
These clever little creatures often get a bad rap, but rats are actually very friendly, intelligent pets that are well-suite for apartment life. (“Fancy rats” is simply the name for domesticated brown rats.) As long as you don’t leave any chewable wires lying around, rats can roam your apartment without causing any trouble. Be upfront with your landlord about having pet rats, though. Some apartments don’t allow rats, and it’s better to know ahead of time than to have to give your rats away after moving in.
If you’re looking for a relatively low-maintenance pet, think about getting a reptilian pal. Bearded dragons don’t need the play space that dogs require, and make great apartment pets. These lizards in particular can require special care, so make sure there is a veterinarian near you who knows how to treat exotic animals. Additionally, make sure you’re alright with handling a bearded dragon’s diet, which includes live insects. Other lizards that might make good pets for small apartment life include iguanas, geckos, and chameleons.
Birds that don’t require much space or exercise, can be excellent long-time companions. To spare your neighbors (and yourself) the headache, avoid noisy birds like large parrots, and opt instead for a canary, finch, or parakeet. Just be sure that you, yourself, are ready for a little chirruping in your apartment—birds are birds, after all. Small apartment life with apartment birds is also a lot easier if you keep your bird’s wings clipped.
The most boring, yet most dependable, option for the aspiring apartment pet owner is a fish. Though they provide little entertainment beyond their beautiful appearance, freshwater fish are incredibly easy to maintain. Just a couple of pellets and a good cleaning of the bowl is all they need.
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When it comes time for a big move between apartments, there are enough things to worry about on top of having to ease the transition for your four-legged roommates. The prospect of moving with pets may seem daunting and stressful for both you and your furry friend, but it doesn’t have to be. Making time to plan for your apartment cats or dogs is worth the effort. These simple steps will make moving day and the first week in your new home much more comfortable for your pet, and for you.
First, consider what type of animal you have and its specific personality and needs. You’ll want to pack and plan in a way that accommodates them throughout the process of moving apartments. For example, cats are sensitive about new environments, and may be uncomfortable with some aspects of travel. Acclimate your kitty to her carrier for about a week before the move, by leaving it out for her to familiarize with. Include a soft blanket and favorite toy in the carrier on the day of the move. Some cats don’t like watching the world go by out the car window, so cover the carrier with another blanket if needed.
Things are a little easier with dogs, who are generally used to leaving apartments with their owners and riding in the car. When your favorite canine sees you packing and preparing to leave, he may feel some anxiety and wonder if he’s coming with you. Reassure your pup by maintaining his normal routine right up through the final day in your current home.
Pack a special bag for your pet to get him or her through the trip to the new apartment, including plenty of food, water, treats, familiar toys and towels for any accidents. If you’ll be travelling out of state, have your pet’s health records on hand. On long drives, cats can generally go 8-10 hours without requiring a litter box.
When you arrive at the new apartment, walk through and check for any open windows and other hazards before releasing your pet to explore the new environment. Keeping familiar objects around them will help make them more comfortable in any apartments. Our best advice is to stay calm yourself, which your perceptive pet will notice and appreciate.
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There are several cat ownership tips that are specific to apartment dwellers. For example, it is crucial to keep the litter box fastidiously clean to prevent odors from spreading in the smaller area. Cat-proof your apartment by using catnip to attract cats to certain areas and away from others, and provide one or more scratching posts for her to climb and stretch out on. When using chemical products to clean your apartment, keep the cat in her crate and away from the area until it is wiped clean and dry. Make sure that your trashcan is covered or stowed under the sink to keep your curious little friend from jumping in.
Your cat will love apartment living, so long as you take a few simple steps to protect her and provide plenty of affection. Remember, playtime doesn’t have a minimum square-footage! Cats are beautiful, intelligent pets and you will enjoy the fun and companionship she brings to your apartment.
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