Just because you’ve decided to become a pet owner doesn’t mean you know all there is to know about taking care of a pet — yet! There are a few other things to consider to ensure that you, your pet and your apartment home all fit together well.
Don’t be the pet owner who makes the common mistakes: read on and prepare yourself to give great pet care.
Getting a pet before you’re ready
In some ways, deciding to be a pet owner is similar to deciding to become a parent. In both cases, you’re taking on the responsibility of being the sole provider for a living thing who will depend on you for everything. Your schedule won’t be completely your own anymore when you have a pet to walk and feed. You’ll need to be prepared financially for veterinarian bills, food costs and the expense of dog training and boarding when you’re out of town.
Be sure you’ve considered all the angles before you bring a furry friend into your life. A rash decision could lead to a bad situation for both of you.
Choosing the wrong pet for you
When selecting a pet, you should consider how well it will match your personality and the size of your home. Some pet breeds make better apartment pets than others. If you like a low-key home atmosphere and would prefer a pet happy with confined spaces, then a high-energy Jack Russell terrier, hound dog or retriever would not represent the best choice for you, for instance. There are a number of online sites that can help you identify just the right kind of dog or cat for your lifestyle.
First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that you live in a pet-friendly apartment before you opt for pet adoption. Check with your landlord to make sure pets are allowed.
Not pet-proofing an apartment
In the excitement of adopting a pet, some new owners forget all about preparing their home for the new addition. Like a child, a pet can get into any and everything. Puppies like to chew and will eat all kinds of things left around — edible or otherwise. Garbage needs to be secured, as well as anything else your pet may chew. Secure heavy items that a puppy or kitten could knock over and electrical cords they could get wrapped up in. Balconies can also prove to be dangerous for your young pet. Without proper precautions, your apartment pet could hurt itself or destroy something you care about in your apartment.
Skipping obedience training
Some pet owners grow tolerant of their pet’s foibles or believe they can train them on their own. As pets grow older, however, it becomes harder to break bad habits. An untrained apartment pet may cause problems for you. (An incessant barker could disturb the neighbors, for instance.) An untrained pet will also be a problem at dog parks and pet daycare facilities. Failing to train your pet early may very well negatively impact quality of life for both of you.
You can avoid the pitfalls of many pet owners by thinking ahead and planning for all the details that owning a pet involve. This planning process will help ensure you make the right decisions for a furry friend who is counting on you for its happiness and well-being.
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