Planning on bringing home a new four-legged friend this holiday season? Whether you have your heart set on a cute, little puppy or kitten, it’s important to remember that preparing for a new pet is similar to bringing home a new baby. Exciting, yes, but it also comes with great responsibility.
First things first, make sure your apartment community accepts pets. Review your community’s pet policies with your community manager. Most communities allow pets, but there may be breed or size restrictions, as well as additional deposits, pet rent or lease adjustments required.
Now that you’re cleared to add a new friend to your household, make sure you’re ready for the challenge by pet proofing your apartment before your furry friend makes his or her big debut. The last thing you want to do after a long day of work is reprimand your new companion for making a mess, chewing up one of your favorite pairs of shoes, or worse, getting sick after ingesting a potentially harmful item. Follow this helpful guide on how to make every room in your apartment pet friendly.
Like any pet owner learns, dogs and cats don’t limit their dirty work to when you’re away. So even when you’re at home, it’s important to take the necessary precautions when it comes to closing doors and keeping harmful food and items out of reach.
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