Pets in the Apartment: Do’s and Don’ts


Pets are a lot of fun to have around the house. They can provide companionship, warmth and entertainment for people who live by themselves. If you live in an apartment, there are some rules about pets that you need to follow. Read on to find out more about how having a pet will change your life and how to handle those changes!


A pet is a commitment


When considering adding a pet to your family, remember that it is a commitment. Pets require time, money and emotional energy to care for—you need to be prepared for the responsibility.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that the average cost of owning a dog or cat ranges from $1,000-$3,000 per year. This includes food, grooming, and other necessities like immunizations and veterinary care. The ASPCA also estimates that more than 40 percent of households with dogs spend at least $500 annually on medical expenses alone.


Do you have the room? Do you have enough cash saved up? Can you provide your pet with all its needs without sacrificing your own? If so, then perhaps now is the right time for you to follow through on that lifelong dream: adopting an animal friend! Adopting a pet can be a wonderful experience—for both you and your new companion. But before you make that final decision, take some time to consider the responsibilities of having a pet.



Be sure to inform your neighbors


In addition to being considerate of your neighbors by informing them of the new arrival, be sure to be cognizant of the fact that your pet may not be everyone else’s favorite thing, as well as others possibly having allergies to your new fur baby. Pets can make a lot of noise, which is especially true if you have a dog who barks at everything in sight when left alone for too long. And remember, dogs and cats sometimes scratch furniture or chew on shoes or clothes. You can avoid most problems by keeping your pets well-groomed and properly trained so they don’t cause any property damage in the apartment complex (or anywhere else). Perhaps most importantly—make sure to keep your pet safe from danger by keeping them on a leash when outside and making sure they don't get into places where they could get injured.


Keep your pet well-fed and groomed


Pets need to be fed regularly and can’t just eat whenever they want. They also need to be groomed regularly. Grooming keeps pets healthy and helps them feel better about themselves. It’s also a good way of bonding with your pet. Grooming is important for your pet's health as well - it keeps their skin clean and prevents infection from occurring in cuts or scrapes they may have sustained during playtime.


Don't let the mess pile up


It can be tempting to let your pet's messes go, especially when you have a busy schedule. But if you're not cleaning up after your pet, then someone else will have to. Be sure to clean food and water bowls regularly, as well as picking up after any accidents. This is an easy way to avoid being a bad neighbor who keeps everyone else in the building from enjoying their home!


Living with pets can be a fun addition to any apartment life, as long as everyone respects everyone else's boundaries.


Pets can be a great way to meet people and get exercise, but they should not be allowed to interrupt other tenants' private spaces or make too much noise. If you're considering getting a pet for your new apartment, here are some tips:

  • Make sure you have space in your home for the animal. Cats and dogs need room for exercise and playtime!

  • Think about how much time it will take to care for the animal when making your decision. Some animals require daily walks outside or frequent grooming sessions at home; others only need an hour or two of attention every day.

  • Keep in mind that some breeds (like cats) are notorious criers—if you live above someone who has problems sleeping because of loud noises, then maybe it's best not to get that particular breed...


We hope this article has been helpful to you in deciding whether or not pets are right for your apartment. If so, we’d like to wish you the best of luck with your new furry family member! Remember to be both responsible and kind when it comes to caring for your new pet.

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