Pet ownership is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Furry friends bring life, love, and fun into any home. However, with any pet comes the responsibility of taking care of the animal as well as the apartment you share. If you currently live in a rental property and are considering bringing home a companion, here are some things to consider.
Make sure your apartment allows pets!
The first step in deciding if a pet is right for your home is determining the pet policy at your apartment complex. It is important to make sure a pet will not be in violation of a current lease contract. If a tenant is in violation, it could lead to serious consequences. Prior to bringing home your new furry friend, speak with one of the property management representatives at your complex regarding their pet policy. Some complexes have breed, weight, and size restrictions and that can influence the type of animal you bring home. In addition, don’t forget about the pet deposit or any other fees associated with having a pet in your apartment home!
Consider smaller, less active breeds for apartment living
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, apartments will often have breed and weight restrictions for dogs. Sometimes having a small pet with less activity needs is more conducive to apartment living. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), breeds that are good for apartment living include the Bichon Frise, Pug, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bulldog, and Greyhound. In this list, the AKC considered energy levels, excitability, and tendency to bark. While some properties do allow for larger breeds, it is important to consider the needs of the animal as well as the time and resources you have to provide for that animal before bringing it home.
Hire pet sitters or dog walking services if you’re gone long hours 
One of the best ways to keep your animals happy is to socialize them! If you work away from home for extended hours it can be beneficial to have a pet sitter come to your home during the day. Whether your cat needs a little human interaction or your dog needs a midday brisk walk to burn some extra energy off, pet sitters are a great investment in your pet and your home. Keeping pets socialized and occupied will help keep them happy and possibly reduce the chances of chewing, marking, or scratching in the apartment. Inadvertently it may help get a pet deposit back! Services such as Rover or Care.com are easy resources to use to find your next pet sitter.
Owning a furry friend is such a fun filled joyous experience. We would love to help you find your next pet friendly apartment! Visit our website or Call us at 512-262-9887 to connect with an agent and get started on your housing search for your and your beloved pet!

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