Ready for your happily ever after but missing a very important companion in your home? Us Melburnians sure love our pets but unfortunately, it’s very common to hear people say “I really want a pet BUT I live in an apartment!” Well, we have some good news for you! There are many pets that are suited to apartment living but there are some specifics you do need to consider before taking the dive.
Which level will you live on?
We have found the lower levels much more convenient as your closer to the outside. If you are planning on getting a puppy, toilet training can be very challenging and will require lots of trips outside to begin with. The ground or 1st floor makes this a lot easier.
Choose your animal and breed carefully:
High energy dogs such as Labradors and Border Collies may really struggle to live in a confined space. This can result in them acting out and chewing things they shouldn’t or damaging furniture.
A larger animal may just not be ideal in an apartment; remember pups do grow! Make sure you research your breed and the expected size once it is fully grown.
Plenty of it is key. It allows your pet to burn energy so they aren’t restless or agitated at home. If you’re time poor you should consider a dog walker or doggie daycare to help with this.
You need to be prepared to set aside time every day for your pet, whether that be time for walking, playing or just doting them with attention. Providing your pets with a daily routine and attention can minimise your pet misbehaving as it’s usually a call for attention.
Be aware of how close your neighbours are and how well the apartment blocks out noise before getting a pet. If you happen to have a dog who’s a barker, consult your Vet on ways to minimise barking and correct behaviour.
- Bring the outside in: Plants can make your pet feel more at ease in an apartment setting.
- Cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are ideal for apartment living – they are quiet and can be toilet trained more easily.
- Communicate with your landlord: Your landlord may have specific requirements or restrictions when it comes to pets. This may also include a pet deposit to cover possible damage or cleaning costs when vacating.
- Vaccinations: It is really important to keep up their worming and vaccinations as apartments often have shared yards and facilities so you need to make sure your pet can’t infect anyone else using these areas. If you have a dog and it was to bite someone, having vaccination records is vital.
We hope this can assist you in making the right decision in choosing a pet for you and your living situation. If you have the ideal pet for your apartment we would love for you to share with us in the comments below!