6 Tips for Raising a New Pet in an Apartment Complex

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Their Own Room

Many apartments prohibit dogs and cats from residing in the same apartment. You may be allowed to have a dog, but not a cat. Or you may be allowed a cat, but not a dog. This means that you and your pet will have to make some concessions.

You will most likely have to find a pet sitter when you go on vacation, and the pet sitter may need to come into your apartment. As you can imagine that can be a problem if you have your pet's litter box in your apartment. Also, pets can be a big cleaning hassle if you're not prepared for it.

You may want to consider finding a condo or house in a pet-friendly neighborhood, even if it costs a little more. You won't have to worry about the renovations, special cleaning needs of your pet, or how to properly dispose of your pets waste.

Warn the Neighbors

A big part of raising a new pet in an apartment complex is a strong desire to protect your pet and keep it safe. This is not an easy task considering the fact that pets are not allowed in most apartment complexes. The truth is that if you love your pet, you may have to move to a custom-designed pet-friendly apartment to truly have a pet at home.

However, if you really want to keep your pet and live in an apartment, there are a few things you can do to make this work.

First, you should let everyone in your neighborhood know that you have a pet at home. You want to do this so that if they hear any unusual noises or see your pet running around they’ll know that it’s there for a reason. If someone sees your pet and calls up animal control to report an "illegal pet", you’ll be able to make sure they know your pet is not only here legally, but that you keep it on leash at all times.

The second thing you should do is to get the right tools for the job. For example, you should buy a dog whistle to help keep your pet contained in your apartment, and you should consider getting a dog fence if you want to go outside with your pet. Having these things will help you go out with your pet, and it will help you keep it in your apartment.

Child Proof

Even though cats and dogs have been domesticated, they are still animals. And as such, they need time to adjust and acclimatize to the new environment. Your home is not the same as the home of a dog or cat friend. And, your neighborhood isn’t the same as their native language of barking or meowing and is not a place where they can find food.

The first few weeks can be stressful for both the animal and the owner. Some of their habits and behaviors may come as a surprise, and in some cases, may even be considered a nuisance. The more you know about the new pet in your home and the expectations you have of your pet, the easier it will be to make the transition.

Call the Dog Walker

If you don’t have a fenced yard or an area for your pet to play, the best thing to do is to get a dog walker. Dogs that won’t burn off energy through exercise and playing in portable playpens may get into trouble. Dogs that get bored are much more likely to engage in destructive behaviors (digging, marking etc.) and barking. Dog walkers help dogs burn off excess energy and enjoy the socialization that pets need.

Dog walkers are also a good option if you’re away from home during the day. You’ll be able to have some peace of mind knowing that your dog is busy at playtime, instead of free to roam around and get into trouble.

Budget

We all want to save money and feel good about where our money is going … but it is particularly critical for pet owners as one pet can cost thousands of dollars over its lifetime.

You made the decision to bring home a family pet and you don’t want to feel guilty about how much you spend on your furry friend. ***hint: We know this completely ruins the economics of the furry pet friend, but just hang in there*** You can always make your pet extra special by spending more money on them. Do you want to know how? Find my favorite, best course ever here.

High five and big bear hug, because you’re going to be the sole bread winner for the next 20+ years

Knowing exactly how much it costs to raise a new pet in an apartment will help you make sense of all the different variables: such as age, breed, and size. Pets have different life spans and, therefore, different costs. A miniature dachshund, for example can live up to 15 years, while a miniature pinscher can live up to 20 years.

Because of these significant discrepancies in life spans, the costs will vary. By the end of this article, you even may be able to predict how much you will spend on your brand new dog over the next 20 or so years without doing an overwhelming amount of calculations.

Use Your Time Off

When you have a new pet at home, you will need to take extra time off work. If you are not the only person working in the household, you should discuss this with your family members and make appropriate arrangements. If you have a new pet, you will need to look after them during your work hours. This basically means that you will need to be able to care for a baby and a puppy or a kitten or a rabbit at the same time.

Also, you will only be able to take time off if you have the time to spare. If you are working eight hours a day, you will only be able to take your pet out for exercise and potty breaks during your lunch break or half an hour on the way home. This basically means that you will have to arrange for additional time off if you have to care for your pet for several hours.