Tips for Choosing the Right Pet for your Apartment

puppy, fish bowl and cat. which pet is right for your apartmentPet lovers have one thing in common. Even if they live in a tiny studio apartment, they need a pet in their lives. This can result in some challenges, especially with a large active dog in a small apartment.

For this reason, pet owners should choose their pets carefully, depending on where they live. Here are some tips for choosing the right pet for your apartment.

Smaller is often better. The smaller the apartment that you have, the smaller your dog should be. You are not going to want a Great Dane in an apartment that you struggle to breathe in. Instead, think small. Cats usually do well in small apartments too, for those who prefer furry felines.

Temperament is equally important. Many dogs have too much energy and they get bored in a small apartment, especially if they are not able to get outside and play for several hours every day. If left alone, they may chew furniture, shoes, and anything else that they can get in their mouths.

It would be much better to find a dog who is more laid back, as well as one who is not a barker. You don’t want to make your neighbors angry because your dog barks every time that someone moves.

Do they need a buddy? Besides needing to get energy out, some dogs and cats need company in order to be happy. Besides making sure that you can have more than one dog or cat, you need to find two that will be well situated for apartment living.  

Think about shedding. Most dogs and cats shed a lot. You might be overwhelmed with all of that hair in a small apartment. You might end up cleaning all of the time. There are some breeds that shed less than others so you might want to look into one of those. Many smaller poodle breeds don’t seem to shed as much as other breeds. Another option is long haired dogs and cats whose hair comes out in clumps.

What about other animals? You might want to think outside of the box, getting a pet other than a dog or cat. A fish tank is a great way to start and you can pick and choose many types of fish, bringing beauty into your apartment. What about an animal that lives in a cage? Many people start with hamsters, gerbils, rats, rabbits, or any other cute fuzzy creature. Reptiles make another popular pet in an apartment. Some people get birds for their apartment.

Before you even think about getting a pet, it is important to make sure that your apartment allows it. Though most apartments may not mind if you have a pet in a cage, it never hurts to ask. You don’t want to be kicked out of a great apartment because of your pet rabbit.

If they do allow cats and dogs, make sure that there are no restrictions on them. Some will not allow certain breeds or sizes of dogs to make life in the apartment complex a little easier. They may also have other restrictions, such as number of animals, so make sure that you are following all of the rules. 

Having a pet can be the best part of life. However, not every pet is perfect for apartment living. You have to choose carefully so you can enjoy life with your beloved pet by your side. Before you even start looking, you need to make sure that you are allowed to have pets and if there are any restrictions. Then, start looking carefully. The temperament is very important. You need a dog or cat that is going to be happy living in a smaller place.

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