Ah, the joys of puppy parenthood. Romps in the park, cuddles on the couch, games of fetch… torn-up pillows… piddled-on welcome mats… There are plenty of ups and downs that come with the addition of a furry canine friend to your apartment home. Whether your new friend is a tiny teacup pup or a roly-poly pug, you’ll need to take a few steps so she grows up happy and healthy… and so you can get your security deposit back when you move out! Read the rest of this entry »
If you are moving apartments with a pet, or are planning to get a pet when you find a new place, remember that apartment living can be enjoyable for everyone if you keep in mind a few simple tips.
Find an Apartment
Apartments with pet-friendly housing are best. Find out what kinds of amenities the apartment has for pets. Is there a play area for dogs? Is it near a busy street? Are the apartments large enough for certain breeds? All of these are important in finding the best apartment living situation for you and your pet.
Know the Rules
Before you get a pet, check that pets are allowed in your apartment complex, and if so, which kinds. Some apartments prohibit certain breeds of dogs, and others require you to pay a deposit or pay “rent” for your pet.
Pick the Right Pet
Choosing the best pets for apartments can be tricky. If you live in a 300’ x 300’ apartment, it might not be best to get a large dog, and it won’t have much room to run around and play, which neither fair to you nor the dog. Sticking to small pets for apartments that have a studio or efficiency layout is smartest.
Keep It Down
Sometimes apartment living with pets can be great for you, the pet-owner, but not so great for your neighbors. One of the main complaints neighbors have about pets is noise, especially with dogs. Whether you have a yapping chihuahua, a booming boxer, or a jabbering parakeet, nobody likes a noisy pet. Train your pet early, so that they respond to commands and keep quiet when necessary.
Pet-Proof Your Apartment
One of the dangers of keeping a pet in the apartment is that he or she may cause damage to the property, causing you to have to pay for repairs and even lose your security deposit. Use a safety gate if you need to keep a pet in a room while you are away for the safety of both your apartment and your pet. Keep wires around your TV, electronics, and lamps off of the ground and as out of reach of your pet as possible.
If you’re in the market for a new pet-friendly home, be sure to start your apartment search on ApartmentSearch.com where you can narrow your results to communities that welcome your favorite furry friends, whether they are cats or dogs.
Austin apartments, especially those centrally located, are great for anyone interested in taking advantage of all of the great outdoor activities in Austin. Apartments don’t have to make you feel stifled when there is so much to do right outside your front door.
If you like to run or bike, central Austin apartments will get you close to all of the action. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, generally called the Lady Bird Lake Trail or Town Lake Trail, is a 10-mile trail that wraps around the lake, through neighborhoods, the central business district, and several parks. The trail sees over 1.5 million visits a year. Also nearby many Austin apartments is the Barton Creek Greenbelt. At over 809 acres, this natural area has miles of trails for hikers and bikers, limestone cliffs for climbing, and swimming areas for taking a dip.
Speaking of swimming, Austin apartments are close to two beloved swimming spots. The Barton Springs Pool is a manmade pool in the Barton Creek channel, fed by a natural spring. It is over 900’ long, maintains a consistent temperature between 68 and 72°F year-round, and features grassy rolling hills on which to sunbathe. Deep Eddy Pool is also close to many Austin apartments. This historic pool is fed by unchlorinated well water that varies in temperature from 65 to 75°F.
Austin apartment dwellers that can’t get enough of the water love living near Lady Bird Lake where they can kayak, canoe, and SUP (stand up paddle board, for those not in the know). Several Austin apartments even sit right on the lake where renters have direct access to the water.
Have a four-legged friend in Austin? Apartments aren’t always fun for animals, but running free outside is. There are several dog-friendly places near downtown Austin apartments. Dogs are often seen running on the trail alongside their owners. The leash-free area at Auditorium Shores is a popular place for pooches to socialize, run, fetch, and paddle around the lake. It’s even common to see dogs in canoes and on paddleboards.
If all this exertion isn’t your style, don’t stress. There are plenty of more laid back outdoor activities near central Austin apartments. Check out the festivals, like Blues on the Green or the ACL Music Festival, both in beautiful Zilker Park. Or just kick back and sip a local brew at one of the rooftop bars downtown. That counts as an outdoor activity, right?
Small Pets as Apartment Mates
Small pets are often the perfect choice for an apartment lifestyle. There are several reasons that you might want to consider a small pet versus a dog or cat. Maybe your apartment complex doesn’t allow regular pets like dogs and cats or your apartment is too small to have a larger pet. Maybe you aren’t in your apartment enough during the day to care for a regular pet.
These reasons, however, may not apply to small pets; and these pets can be just as rewarding as their larger friends.
Small Pets in your Apartment?
Before you even begin looking for a small pet to keep you company in your small apartment, you might want to stop by the leasing office and check on the rules for small pets. Your apartment lease may state that dogs and cats are or are not allowed, but more than likely, it doesn’t mention anything about a sugar glider, a guinea pig, or any other small pet.
Once you have found out your apartment’s small pet policy, you can begin your search of the some of the most fascinating animals.
Apartment Friendly Small Pets
Some of the best small pets for an apartment are the ones that are perfectly at home in a cage. Not to mention, if the pet is in a cage all day, it probably isn’t going to chew on your furniture when you aren’t at home.