A pet is part of the family. While you will inevitably be happy with your new apartment, it could be quite the change for a pet. One of the biggest changes is the lack of a yard; without that extra green, you might think it’s pretty difficult to keep your pet happy in an apartment. And while it may take a little extra effort, keeping your pet content with your new apartment is an important part of being a pet owner! Let’s go over some key tips for making sure your pet adjusts well to its new surroundings.
Bring the Outside Inside
There are plenty of pet-safe plants that a veterinarian will be able to recommend to you. Bringing in a little extra greenery can help a surprising amount when it comes to adjustment. Also, don’t forget to give your pet generous access to windows. If they can’t go outside, they’re going to love lounging by the window. Make sure outdoor pets are not confined to the more closed-off areas of your apartment.
Get to Know Your Neighborhood
Take your dog on a generous walk when you first move in. Or, perhaps take a quick drive around the block to ensure your cat won’t be in danger when venturing outside. Look for great walking routes and large patches of grass–dog parks are ideal for when you don’t have a lot of places to walk. Another important part of choosing the right apartment is ensuring your pet won’t be disturbed by other pets in the complex. For example, if your dog hates other dogs, you may want to request that you aren’t located right next to another dog owner. You may also want to choose a first floor apartment if you own an outdoor cat, so they have easy access to the outside world.
Understand Your Breed
Some breeds of animals need more outdoor time than others. Small dogs that may feel comfortable living in an apartment may have more energy that needs to be burned off outside. Ensure you’re choosing the perfect breed; look around the internet for reviews, and if you’re just purchasing a pet, ask whether or not they like to go outside. Generally, those who host adoptions will be able to recommend you a great apartment pet!
Remember to Keep Clean
Ensuring that you clean up after your pet is an important part of renting an apartment. It’s the reason you need to pay a pet fee–this is meant to cover the damages that pets may cause. But you should also be wary of cleaning up wherever you go outdoors with your pet. Never leave your dog’s mess in public areas. Keeping your apartment’s community clean is the courteous thing to do!
The Apartments of Wildewood understand that a pet is part of the family.
At The Apartments of Wildewood, located in beautiful in St. Mary’s Maryland, we offer homes with access to pools, an on-site gym, and maintenance whenever you need it – and have access to all the information you need to affordably rent an apartment in St. Mary’s. To set up an appointment to check out an apartment rental from The Apartments at Wildewood, call us at 301.737.0737 or visit the website!