Living in a Charlotte apartment may have you worrying about the health and happiness of your pet. There are definitely things that will need to be considered such as available storage space for keeping your pet supplies and proximity to a quality place for walking your dog.
Yet, there is something wonderful about coming home from a long day at work to the loving face of your four-legged friend! As an apartment dweller, you definitely don’t want to give that up just because you are living in a Charlotte apartment. With these tips, you won’t have to because you will know exactly how to keep your pet living a good life even in an apartment.
Create Some Space
Obviously, when living in a city apartment, you aren’t free to just start knocking down walls to create more living space. However, you can arrange the interior to maximize the areas where your pet can roam.
Try to be minimal with your furniture choices while still keeping things comfortable for the humans in your space. Another good idea is to minimize the number of knick-knacks you have lining the surfaces of your home. Keeping things tidy and picked up will also maximize the available space in your apartment.
If you have a dog, it is especially important to make sure they have plenty of walks during the day to burn off some energy. Cat-lovers don’t really have to worry about this one as their feline friends are on the lazier side.
For those that have Charlotte apartments in close proximity to their work, it is a good idea to dash over on a lunch break in order to give your dog a quick run outside. If you work too far away, you may want to see if a neighbor can help. There are also dog-walking services in the city that may also be a great way to get your dog some fresh air while you are busy at work.
Create a Pet Haven
Make sure your furry friend has a little nook of their own to retire to. Dogs and cats will likely sleep in various spaces in your home, but it is good to give them their own dedicated haven as well.
A comfy bed and a few toys is usually enough for a dog. Cat owners will also want to add a scratching post and something for their cat to climb on like a cat tree. Having a special spot will be a comfort for your pet when you aren’t at home.
Stick to a Routine
Animals (and people!) are often happier when they are on a routine. It cuts down on anxiety and keeps them from getting too upset when you leave the house. A routine will also go a long way in keeping your pet from destroying your apartment because they are hungry. Plus, it helps prevent dogs from having accidents during the day.
To create your routine, you should start by giving your pet their meals at the same exact time every single day. This will cut down on anxiety, but it will also sync digestion to the times when you are available to take your dog out to relieve himself.
The downside to a routine is that you have to stick with it, even when things come up like overtime at work. This is when it is a good idea to enlist the help of a neighbor or friend. If you have a neighbor that also has pets, then you may be able to work out a pet favor exchange.
Invest in Pet Training
Sometimes, even with all of your best efforts, your pet just doesn’t adjust well to living in an apartment. That doesn’t mean it is time to re-home your pet, however. It may simply mean that it is time to invest in pet training services.
Training can help with a dog that barks all the time or freaks out when you try to leave the house. Trainers can also help housebreak an animal or teach a dog to mind your commands. It is important to solve all of these issues whether you live in a house or an apartment, so good quality trainers are generally easy to find!
Visit the Vet
When you are living in an apartment complex, the outdoor spaces are shared by many people and may pets. This makes it doubly important to keep your animal up to date on all vaccinations and preventative care. Regular vet visits will keep your pet healthy for the long run.
Plus, you can get good advice from your vet on creating routines, and they can help you find dog walkers and pet trainers as well. We are lucky enough to have a veterinary clinic right next door!
Now that you have these tips, you are ready to make your life in a Charlotte apartment with a pet perfect. Your animal will be happy and healthy and so will you! Here at the Villas of Mallard Creek, we love pets! Click here to see our Pet Policy or contact us to inquire.