Apartment living is increasing in popularity around the world, especially as they offer residents affordable housing in cities and an opportunity to downsize for retirees. Apartment buildings are also big money makers for developers because they require little land and can house hundreds of people.
Nearly one in 10 Australians live in an apartment, according to a 2019 study. If you already live in an apartment and are thinking about taking a new pet home, here are a few things you should consider.
To begin, it’s important that you thoroughly read the apartment’s regulations and resident code of conduct to ensure that pets are permitted in the building.
If your building is pet friendly, consider the type of commitment you’re willing to make. Cats and dogs are a long-term commitment (10+ years), whereas smaller animals like mice have a much shorter lifespan. When considering the type of commitment you are willing to make, you should also consider the state of your finances and if you can afford to care for a dog or cat should they fall ill and require treatment from a veterinarian.
Cats and smaller dog breeds like Shih Tzus, Corgis and Jack Russell Terriers are better suited to an apartment environment as they don’t require as much exercise as a larger dog breed.
Protect Your Floors
Pets, especially when they’re young, can be messy. As they are housebroken, your pet may have accidents as they become accustomed to their new living space and your routine. Protect your floors by putting down training pads or newspapers to soak up the mess.
Create a Routine
One of the disadvantages to life in an apartment is not having a backyard for a dog to relieve themselves. As you introduce a dog into your life, it’s important to create a routine, so your pet knows to hold it until you take them for a walk.