How to Help Your Pet Adjust to Your New Apartment

Updated October 22, 2018
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A lot of people are skeptical of the moving into an apartment with a pet, specifically dogs. While cats can usually adjust to apartment life fairly seamlessly, there are still some ways you can help make their transition easier. Dogs on the other hand may have more trouble with getting used to a smaller space and will require some effort on your part to ensure that they feel comfortable in their new, cozier home.

For a lot of people who want to own a dog, living in an apartment is a reason why the hesitate to seek out their new best friend. However, you can still give your pet a fruitful and fulfilling life within an apartment setting. Here are some tips for ensuring that your pet is well adjusted to your new apartment.

Helping Your Cat Transition (Cat Furniture and Toys)

For the most part, cats take care of themselves. If you have a cat that likes to roam around the house, you can help your cat remain entertained in your smaller living space by adding a cat tree, tower, or perch to your apartment. By adding a new area for your cat to hangout and explore, you can help keep them entertained, especially by placing the cat furniture by a window for them to look out. When you’re out of the apartment, use toys that they can play with on their own. Also, consider a self-timed feeder which will encourage your cat to get up and move around during the day.

You should also consider a scratching post for your cat. Not only will a scratching post help you cat keep their nails healthy, but your cat also scratches to mark their territory. To ensure that your cat isn’t scratching up your own furniture, get a scratching post so you’re feline friend can make their new living space feel like their home.

Keeping Your Dog Active

The big issue with dogs and apartments is that they won’t have enough room to run around and be active, especially with no backyard. But, if you’re willing to put in some time in the morning and evening to walk your dog, as well as higher a dog walker to let them out during the day. It’s important that you help establish a routine with your dog, especially when it comes to them becoming apartment-potty trained. It will take a little time, but if you create a consistent walking schedule for your dog, they’ll grow accustomed to their new bathroom schedule as well.

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Cities and suburbs have become very accommodating to apartment dogs and there are plenty of dog parks, one of which should be close enough for you to take your dog to. Dog parks are great way to get your dog some exercise, as well as give them the opportunity to socialize. If your dog is a little anti-social, consider keeping them on a leash until they are comfortable with playing with other dogs.

Just like with cats, a self-timed treat or food dispenser will give your dog something to be excited about when they are home on their own.

Give Your Pet the Attention They Deserve

Moving can be a stressful time, not just for you, but for your pet as well. Above all else, make sure you are patient with your dog or cat and give them the attention and love that they deserve. As long as you remain a good owner, your pet will eventually become accustomed to their new situation.

Bigos Has Pet-Friendly Homes For You

If you’re looking to relocate to an apartment in the Twin Cities area that is accommodating of your pet, check out some of our available units, most of which are dog and cat-friendly. We offer apartments in St Paul, Minneapolis, Apple Valley, Elk River, St. Louis Park, and more.

At Bigos, we want every resident in our communities to feel like they are coming home to something really special. Amenities are not an extra. They are the way we want you to live. They are a huge part of what we do. No matter what your lifestyle is, we’re committed to helping you live comfortably.

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