Pets are family members that bring so much joy and life to our worlds. From cats to dogs and everything in between, these companions are essential to so many of us. That said, it can sometimes be difficult to manage having a pet within an apartment home. Fortunately, we here at Pacifica Residential understand the importance of having pets by your side, and we’re here to give you some tips for caring for pets within an apartment.
Ensure They Get Their Exercise
Just like us, animals need to exercise often to build healthy habits and keep them well. Exercise is not only good for an animal’s physical health but their mental health as well. It can be tough for anyone, let alone a small animal, to be stuck inside an apartment all day, so it’s incredibly vital that you get them the exercise that they need and deserve.
Dogs for instance generally need anywhere between 30-minutes to two hours of physical activity. This can look like a walk, a trip to the dog park, or even a quick game of fetch within your home. Fortunately, there are always beautiful grounds to be walked at a Pacifica Residential property. For larger dogs, or dogs with higher energy levels, it’s important to walk or engage in physical activities with them more often.
Cats are generally very low maintenance and can often keep themselves well exercised. While they don’t require as much physical activity as a dog, it’s still recommended that they get at least 30 minutes a day of some physical activity. Making sure your cat gets enough physical activity in your apartment can be both easy and low effort. Utilizing laser pointers, string or even trash that you may have lying around as a means of stimulating your cat is easy and affordable. So whether you’re living with a cat or a dog, make sure they get the exercise they need within the space you have for them.
Double Check Pet Policies Before Moving In
Every apartment complex you move into will have pet policies, with some being more accommodating than others. It’s critical that when moving into an apartment home with pets you have a complete understanding of the pet policy, from the cost of the pet deposit to size/breed restrictions of animals, all the way to how having a pet might affect your rent. The last thing you ever want to do to your pet is to move them into a space where they aren’t welcome or even where their presence may negatively impact you. At Pacifica Residential, our properties are very welcoming to pets and we encourage you to bring them.
Pet policies differ from one property to another, but we encourage you to call your Pacifica Residential property before visiting to inquire about their specific policies.
Pet Proof Your Home
Pets can be messy and sometimes that just isn’t something you can control, but something you can do is take steps to prevent serious damage caused by your pets. This can look like making sure your cats have plenty of things to scratch apart from the walls or your furniture, maintaining a regular bathroom schedule for your dogs to prevent accidents within your home, providing ample chew toys for your cats and dogs, keeping your food locked up to prevent your pets getting into things they don’t need, just to name a few. There are several actions you can take to make sure your new home is safe from pet damage, and safe from danger to your pets.
Apartments are excellent spaces for animals, but you must make your home into an environment where your pets will thrive. Give your pets the exercise they deserve and need, check up on the pet policy before moving into a new home, and lastly, ensure your home is pet-proof. Following these tips will help to make living in an apartment with pets easier for you and your pet companions.
If you’re interested in learning more about Pacifica Residential and all of our pet-friendly properties, check out our website to find a property near you!