Posted February 24, 2020
Living in an apartment shouldn't rule out owning a cat or a dog.
Did you know that many of our apartment buildings across the country are pet-friendly?
Contrary to popular belief, most pets do not require a lot of space. Cats, for example, will be more interested in getting to the highest spots in your apartment than running laps. Small and large dogs can thrive in apartments — it's all about selecting the right breed that fits your space and lifestyle.
Whether you're new to pet ownership or thinking about moving into an apartment with your fur-friend, we have some simple tips and tricks to help you and your pet coexist together in your apartment for many years to come!
Keeping Pets Safe
You're prepared to do anything to keep your pet safe, but is your apartment pet-ready? Pet-proof your apartment the same way you would if you were bringing a new baby into your home.
- Keep anything toxic such as medications, cleaning supplies, and cosmetics out of reach.
- Tie up blind cords or anything with strings to deter prying paws from getting tangled or in the way.
- Unplug electrical appliances and don't leave electrical cords on the floor.
- Avoid house plants because many are poisonous to animals if ingested.
- Dogs and especially cats, are explorers. Keep your valuables in closed cupboards or in secured drawers.
- Puppies like to chew on everything in sight, including furniture. Keep plenty of toys around to keep them entertained.
- Consider purchasing a garbage bin with a lock or a secure handle to deter your pets from eating human food that may be difficult or dangerous for them to ingest.
Cleaning your Space
Cleaning daily is hard enough. When you own a cat or a dog, cleaning is impossible to delay or ignore.
- Kitty litter odour and mess are main concerns for cat owners. Try keeping the litter box in the bathroom. The balcony might be a better option, but only if your balcony is safety proofed.
- Purchase furniture that's easy to clean, like microfibre. Another convenient option is removable furniture coverings that you can easily throw into the wash.
- Clean your pet's food bowl and surrounding area after mealtime to keep pests away and maintain a fresh, clean space.
- Your pet's belongings need to be cleaned, too! Toss plush toys into the wash and sanitize plastic toys using warm, soapy water.
- Even longtime house-trained dogs and cats can regress and relieve themselves inside your apartment. There are various homemade cleaning solutions or retail products you can use to control the smell and eliminate the enzymes from your pet's urine.
Setting Healthy Habits
Healthy lifestyle habits for your pet can help ensure it lives a longer, healthier, and happier life.
- Dogs and cats look forward to seeing their owners. Try not to leave them alone for too long. Ask a neighbour to look after your pet or check in if you're going to be away or coming home late from work.
- Pets love routine! Keep the same feeding, walking, and playtime schedule.
- Accidents do happen. If your pet decides to relieve itself in your building's elevator or in common areas, please be courteous and clean up the mess.
- Connect with other fur owners in your building. Spending time with your pets and organizing group walks is a great way to meet new friends in the community and playmates for your pets.
If you and your pet are ready for a new adventure, reach out to us today! We'll be more than happy to help you and your pet find your pur-fect home.