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Proper Pet Etiquette for Apartment Living

Home is where your pet is, right? Whether you’re a pet owner looking for a new place, or an apartment dweller looking for a furry friend, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Pick the right pet. Cats can be great apartment pets, but some dog breeds are just not cut out for the apartment lifestyle. Small dogs like Maltipoos and Pomeranians can adjust easily but sometimes larger dogs can go a little stir crazy. Fish are easy to take care of as well.

2. Respect your landlord and other tenants. Make sure you are always cleaning up after your pet, whether it's when you take them outside or keeping them inside. Don't create a mess or an odor. Also make sure you do not have more pets than what is allowed by the complex.

3. Pet proof your apartment. Pets love to get into things so make sure you explore every potential hazard. Check for gaps behind the refrigerator, look for loose wires that could be chewed and research your houseplants. Common plants can be toxic to some animals.

4. Don’t neglect your furry friend. If you’re the type of person who works long hours, or travels regularly, make sure you have enough time in your schedule to give your pet the love they need. Like people, animals get depressed when left alone for long periods of time. Sad cats might be funny in memes, but healthy and happy is much better in real life.

5. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. Cats are relatively low-maintenance, but they can still get bored. Dogs are a larger commitment. How much exercise your dog needs will depend on the breed and their personality, but as a general rule, you should make time to take your dog for two 15-minute walks each day.

These are just a few tips that can help make apartment life easier for you and your pet!

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