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How To Choose The Right Pet For Your Apartment

Posted By Heather Rusick on 7/11/14 3:36 PM

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Life can be pretty boring living alone, so why not spice it up with a pet?! Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, or fish, a pet can bring joy and happiness to your quiet little home. However, keeping a pet happy in an apartment environment can be challenging. Apartments lack access to large yard space and pets can get stir-crazy if they are left in an apartment all day. Luckily, all Shea Apartment Communities’ offer pet-friendly apartments with amenities any four-legged critter would enjoy - from pet wash stations, waste disposal stations, treats and more! If you're thinking about adding a furry friend to your home and not sure what type would be the best fit for your apartment, you probably feel like the pet lovers at Animal Planet,

"With all the adorably tiny options, it can be difficult to determine whether your family's new addition should have fins or fur. Some pets need massive amounts of care and attention, while others prefer to be left alone. It all depends on how much time and effort you're willing to put forth to become a pet owner."

To determine the best pet for your apartment, here are a couple of things you might want to consider before adding a new addition to your family:

What Are You Allowed?

Take into account your apartment community’s pet-policy. Some apartment communities have breed restrictions while others have weight restrictions; having a pet bunk with you may not be an option at all. When considering a pet, your apartment community policy is probably your best starting point to help direct you on your pet-purchasing journey.

What Do You Want?

Before you decide what pet you want to you call your own, you have to decide on what you can deal with when your new friend comes home. Most people think of dogs and cats when it comes to pets, but there are many more choices that may not require the same amount of TLC. Understanding your reasons for getting a pet will help you decide what type of animal you should consider.

What Is Your Level Of Commitment?

Most pets are cute and cuddly when they're babies but as they grow that cuteness fades away and the terrorizing begins - from snacking on furniture to accidents on the carpet. Before you take a dive into the pet-owner pool, ask yourself how much time are you are willing to spend caring for this animal. Ex: dogs need to be walked and receive plenty of exercise, daily, whereas both dogs and cats need to be cleaned up after, fed and given a good amount of TLC; think of it as having a child that will never grow up to be independent – major commitment!

When you are in the final stages of making your decision, just remember that if you've never cared for a pet before there is much more involvement than you might expect. It takes a lot of thought and care in providing for a pet; you not only have to think of your needs but you also need to think about the needs of your family and the pet itself. However, for those who do make the decision responsibly, your pet will reward you and your family with years of friendship, loyalty, and love. What more could anyone ask of a constant companion?

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