Pets and apartments can go hand in hand, but there's a lot to consider when you live in an apartment and you choose to have a pet. Find out what the best pets for an apartment are below.
It's critical to be open and honest with your landlord, and your roommates to make sure that you don't cause any issues when you bring a pet home. Even if you don't have pet restrictions, you should still consider the needs of your pet to make sure they can thrive in an apartment.
Cats can be perfect apartment pets for a variety of reasons. They don’t need to be walked outside and they're normally content living indoors if they have toys or activities to stimulate them.
Cats also are also good at making use of vertical space, which means they enjoy climbing and sitting on things like furniture, shelves, and ideally cat towers.
They do need a litter box to go to the bathroom and training can take time and become smelly if you don't clean it regularly.
You have lots of options for dog breeds that make the perfect companion in your apartment, but make sure there’s no weight or breed restrictions first. Consider the space you have and the space that you, and your dog will need.
Small dogs won't take up very much space, but they tend to have more energy than larger breeds, who tend to have more mellow personalities (especially as they get older).
Whatever the size, make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise and bathroom breaks. Scheduling time for walks and trips to the dog park are crucial to the health and happiness of your four-legged friend.
Fish are great apartment pets because they are confined to an aquarium, don't need bathroom breaks, and don't make noise. However, there are still important things to know to keep your fish healthy.
Most people opt for a small aquarium that includes the necessary accessories. The downside of these smaller tanks is that you can only keep 1-2 fish in them, and they tend to get dirty faster.
So, Which Pet is Right For You?
The key part of having a pet in your apartment (or anywhere) is to do your research and find one that works best for your space, your lifestyle, and your personality. Make sure that you are fully prepared to take care of that pet for years.
Learn more about the basics of caring for pets and apartments in our other blog posts.