For some people, pets are not just animals—they are family members, too. However, if you’re moving to a condo, it is important to make sure that both your pets—and the people around you—get to live the best kind of life possible.
Here are the things that you should keep in mind when it comes to living in a condo with a pet!
1. Choose the right breed. Here’s the thing: not all pets can adapt to condo life. However, there are some that are said to be perfect for it, so if you want to live in a condo, it might be good if you settle with the breeds listed here: Yorkshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, and Bichon Frise for dogs, and Javanese, Rag-doll, Persian, and British Short hair for cats. Of course, if you have anything else other than those, it’s okay, too—as long as they are properly trained.
2. Housebreaking is important. Because you live in a condo, it’s essential that you teach your pets where to do their business. Remember that it should be just one place in your house (hopefully, in a litter) so that the smell won’t envelop the whole space. If you live in the first floor, it would be alright to bring out your pet, too—as long as you have taught him where to “go”.
3. Clean up. Of course, you cannot just leave your pets in your condo without cleaning up. Take note that condo units are very proximate to one another—you really would not want your neighbors reporting on you, saying you’re an irresponsible owner. The key is to make sure that you clean up after every mess your pets make—and if they accidentally pee or poop outside, make sure you have tissue paper and paper bags ready. It would also be good if you can spray your place with odor dehumidifiers so that the smell won’t linger.
4. Make the unit pet-friendly. This means that you need to make sure your pets have enough eating and breathing space. Make sure to feed them at the right times, and that they always have fresh water with them. Also, make sure that they can play inside the house. It might be nice if you can provide them their own little room where they have their own beds, and couches to rest on.
More so, make sure they have enough toys to keep them preoccupied. Cat trees, or those cat towers, are important. Dogs also need their chewable toys. What matters is that they know they’re home, so that they’ll be pacified, and they will have something to do when you’re not around.
5. And of course, spend time with them. Your pets would be ultimately lonely if you leave them cooped up for too long—especially without anyone around to look after them. Give them time. Make them feel better, so they won’t resort to meowing or barking the whole day. Make sure you take them out once in a while so they can have a walk and exercise. Make sure they are healthy, and that they enjoy time in the condo, too!Pets are friends. Pets are family. Make sure you take care of them well, and you keep these things in mind to make condo living a breeze for all!