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Caring for your Pet at Home

Living in an apartment? Read this before you get a pet!

Most people don't think it's possible to have a pet if they live in an apartment. As properties with large gardens and ample space become increasingly rare, many people find themselves living in an apartment with the assumption that they can never own a pet. While it's true that many pets need outdoor space and exercise, it is possible to choose a pet that can fit your apartment lifestyle perfectly. Here's how you can enjoy both at the same time.

If there's one thing that apartments don't have much of, it's space. So it stands to reason that you will not be able to raise a large pet in a small space. Select a smaller breed of dog or cat, like a Chihuahua, toy poodle, or Persian or Scottish Shorthair cat. Be sure to select a breed that is sedentary, meaning it has minimal exercise requirements, rather than a highly active breed, as these will require more space and stimulation than a small home can provide.

For example, a Jack Russell might be small enough for apartment living, but their energy levels and need for constant exercise make them unsuitable for these spaces. Don't forget that even the most sedentary dog will need a daily walk outside.

Training is very important when owning a pet in a small space, and is especially important when it comes to toilet training. A cat should be trained to use a litter box, and a dog should be provided with an area where they can be trained to relieve themselves (usually on a balcony). Make sure that your pet can move freely around the areas they're allowed to be in, and that they won't get accidentally trapped in a room or space.

The final thing you will need to account for is boredom. Outdoor pets get plenty of entertainment and stimulation interacting with plants, insects and the environment of a garden. Make sure your apartment is filled with enough toys and accessories to keep your pets busy. For example, scratching posts are essential for cat owners to prevent them from destroying your furniture and belongings.

Taking the above points into consideration will help you select a pet that thrives in your apartment. Remember that a happy pet makes for a happy owner!