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Strange tenants: How to keep apartment pets happy

Author: The Simple Bit

Category: Short Cuts

With apartment living on the rise, there are more and more high-rise pets. Here are the Simple Bits of keeping them healthy and happy.

The simple bits:

  • Pick the right pet – cat, dog, hamster…whatever
  • Dog breeds can be tricky but we have a list!
  • Treat them right and they’ll give you lots of oxytocin

According to the ABS, the number of apartments in Australia has grown 78% in the last 25 years. That means fewer people with backyards, and more pets like that dog from Frasier. So how do you keep them happy? And what’s the right pet to have in your apartment? Apart from that sweet Frasier dog, that is. 

Pick a pet, any pet

Cats come to mind when you’re thinking of apartment pets. They’re lower maintenance, don’t need walking and don’t have to be let outside to do their business. Pretty much any cat will work, but lower maintenance breeds like Russian Blue and Siamese make apartment life easier.

But what about doggos, you ask? Realestateview recommend dog breeds like the Bichon Frise (they don’t shed), English Bulldog (they won’t disturb the neighbours) and the humble pug (they’re pretty content on the couch all day). Even greyhounds and whippets make surprisingly good apartment breeds. Even though they take up a lot of space, they’re pretty chill as long as they get a run some time during the day.

You could also think smaller. Hamster? Turtle? Fish? They’re all good in limited space. Think outside of the box.

Running Hot

Just because the temperature is right for you, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be right for your pet. Do your research, and make sure the temperature isn’t varying too wildly, particularly when you’re not there.

Hit the floor

Yes, hardwood floors or floating boards are stylish and easier to clean, but they might not be the most comfy option for pets. It might be worth looking for some rugs that can withstand paw prints, fur and maybe a mess or two.

Get high

Cats are well up for exploring high spaces. Try setting up a network of connected surfaces, like floating shelves and bookcases to give them an obstacle course.

Take a breath

Animals get a real kick out of smells, so having a channel of outside air coming in could be a great way of keeping things interesting for them. It will also help air out the kitty litter area.

Buddy up

If your pet is going to be spending a lot of time alone during the day, they might like a mate. Dogs in particular are very social, so think about someone to divert their attention away from eating the couch.

So treat them right, and they’ll be the unconditional buddy you might need in your life. And that’s science.