The world’s population is increasingly moving to cities. With medical, cultural, and sustainable amenities, cities provide everything a resident might need—but within arm’s reach. However, apartment living is not always glamorous and convenient. Small spaces, unpredictable roommates, and a lack of space can overwhelm both human and animal residents.
According to an Apartments.com survey, more than 70% of apartment renters in the United States own a dog or cat. These small spaces are not always conducive to a happy pet or pet parent, but there are steps you can take to prevent accidents from happening and anxiety from forming. Below are our favorite tips for making your tiny living space more comfortable for both you and your furry friend.
Give your pet plenty of exercise. High energy animals will lash out when not provided with a sufficient exercise outlet. Large dogs, especially, need a lot of exercise in order to be happy, but smaller animals should also have a way to get rid of extra energy. Invest in some high-quality cat toys, and seek out apartment buildings with build-in green space (a courtyard, a rooftop run, &c).
Look upward. Cats pose a special problem in small spaces—they can’t leave. If your feline friend is knocking stuff off your shelves, it means she’s bored. Purchasing a tall cat tree or installing high shelves is a great way to let your pet explore in a smaller space.
Figure out the right place for your pet. This goes without saying, but you probably adopt a Labrador while living in a studio apartment. Similarly, you shouldn’t adopt a cat while living with forgetful roommates. Be sure to pick find a happy medium in your situation.
Clean frequently. Living in a small space means pet-related clutter can build up quickly. Establish a weekly or biweekly routine that allows a few hours to battle whatever fur, litter, or chewed-up object you find in your space.