Pets are great company, their presence helps to renew the energy in the home and makes everything much lighter and happier. However, keeping them indoors properly can be quite a challenge. Owners who cannot live away from their pets are willing to make the necessary changes in their homes so that all residents, human or otherwise, can live in peace.

It is essential to keep the environment pleasant and cozy, even in small spaces such as apartments, for example, but not everyone knows how to do this. But what about you? Can you share an apartment with your dog or cat without major problems? With this in mind, VRV prepared this text with very important tips and recommendations. These solutions will help you keep your pet happy and healthy in a small space.

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Know the rules of the condominium

Each condominium has rules of conduct regarding the interaction with animals. The first step to be taken is to know the regulations in order to understand what can and cannot be done or owned in the apartment. These regulations mainly dictate how pets can circulate in shared areas such as lounges, gardens, elevators and play areas.

If there are no clear or well-defined specifications, talk to the building superintendent or just be careful about good housekeeping habits. Remember that your neighbors may not like animals as much as you do, so try to keep them under control, avoiding confusion or unnecessary nuisance.

Install protective screens on windows

Besides comfort, your pet needs security. The installation of protective screens on windows and other openings is indispensable, especially if you live above the second floor. The higher the floor, the greater the risk.

Dogs are less likely to escape through these openings, but medium and large dogs are capable of reaching through windows and sticking their heads or parts of their bodies out, exposing them to enormous risk. Cats, on the other hand, are known for their incredible ability to jump, dodge, and leave the house whenever and however they want. Preventing this is important, especially if they are living in a new area, to prevent them from getting lost during an unauthorized walk.

Train your pet

We’re not talking about fancy tricks. Training your cat or dog is important so that it can develop skills that will improve daily life in the home. Basic commands related to behavior and recognition of the environment are extremely useful and convenient in numerous situations.

Instead of instigating a fight, in which he may make noise and not obey you, you can use commands to send him out of some room, get off some furniture or drop some object that the animal has picked up with its mouth. On the other hand, if it is an older pet, the best thing to do is to ask a trained professional to help.

Reserve a space only for your cat or dog

Just like you, the kitty needs a space exclusively for him where he will sleep, eat, drink water, and rest when he is exhausted. This corner needs to be comfortable, spacious, and have everything he needs, such as potties that are always full, a comfortable bed, and located in a well-ventilated part of the apartment. Also, you have to train him to recognize it as his little house.

Not having anything even remotely like what has just been described gives the impression that any place is his or that he can do whatever he wants. This means that the animal will often settle into spaces that are not at all convenient, and may get in the way of his day.

Keep risky objects out of reach

Many objects can become the target of your pet’s play and some are not safe to bite or pull. When furnishing the apartment or adorning it with decorative items, many things end up going unnoticed, opening the door for an accident. It is of utmost importance to inspect all rooms and analyze what problems they pose.

You should pay attention to the following items, mainly:

  1. Wiring;
  2. Electronic devices
  3. Cleaning products
  4. Medication
  5. Food;
  6. Sharp and/or pointed objects;
  7. Cosmetics;
  8. Jewelry and other accessories;
  9. Shoes;
  10. Ornaments small and medium;
  11. Cups and cutlery;
  12. Plastic and glass items in general;

By following all these guidelines, it is possible to live in peace and harmony with your pet and other residents of the building for many years to come.

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