How to create a pet-friendly living space
Having a safe and comfortable environment is critical when bringing in a new pet, especially if you’re limited in the amount of space you have. Here are a few tips for creating a pet-friendly living space for your new best friend:
Store away hazardous materials
The last thing you’d want to happen is for your new puppy or kitten to accidentally mistake spilled cleaning products or chemicals for drinking water. To avoid life-threatening accidents like this, store away any hazardous materials around your home. You’ll be able to let your pet freely roam without fearing they'll fall ill because of their curious personality.
Small household items such as frames, vases and table centerpieces are objects that can be easily knocked over and broken, especially in smaller spaces. If you’re living with an energetic animal, think about limiting the number of items you place on tables and shelves for decoration.
Protect your investments
Bringing a pet into your home comes with loads of fun, excitement and responsibility. There are several things you can do to prepare yourself for unexpected mishaps — though they do happen, whether that's a heavy bowl falling onto your puppy’s head or a ferret accidentally smashing your kitchen mirror. One of the best things you can do is invest in renters insurance and pet insurance. This will financially protect you from overwhelming repair or veterinary costs in the long run.
You can also take some extra time to protect the furniture pieces you’ve put your money into. There are deterrent sprays and protective wraps you can use on chairs and couches to protect them from chewing or scratching.
Cover radiators and vents
We all love having our homes being set to temperatures that make us most comfortable. However, unprotected radiators and vents can lead to pets getting stuck or severely burned. It’s best to cover these items throughout your apartment to guarantee a safe environment for your pet.
Give them space
One thing animals and humans have in common is our appreciation of personal space. Having a designated area for your pet, however small, will keep them from taking up your furniture and getting into your belongings. You won’t have to worry about this for caged animals, but our larger four-legged friends will appreciate the new sense of ownership.
As you can see, there are tons of options when it comes to looking into pets for small apartments. From dogs to tarantulas to ferrets, there is an animal best suited for your personality and lifestyle. Use these ideas and tips to guide your decision and help you find a new loving companion.