Previously, owning a pet was comparatively easy when residing in a home you owned. However, being a pet owner can at times get complex in today’s era where you have the choice of renting or owning a condominium unit.
Unfortunately, various condominiums don’t permit pets in their buildings, typically due to neighbors’ complaints about noise or pet owners failing to clean up after their pets in the building corridors or the elevator.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t imply that all condominiums disallow their residents from owning pets. As such, it’s prudent to inquire about the pet policy if you’re looking to live in a condominium unit. Here’s what you need to know about having a pet in a condo.
1. Cleaning Up the Mess
Whether it’s in the common areas or your unit, you must clean up when walking your dog, for instance. Plastic bags come in handy to pick up the mess when walking your dog. No one likes encountering dog poo in the sidewalk or even smell it when passing by your unit. The same applies to your cat’s litter pan or hamster’s cage.
2. Identify the Rules
Some condominiums prohibit animals in units; others will only permit caged pets, and some permit cats or dogs but restrict the size and number of dogs. When buying a unit, consider the amount of space that’s optimal for keeping a pet.
For instance, a Great Dane requires additional space compared to a dachshund. You should also consider a lower floor so you don’t soil the elevators in the event of a bathroom emergency. You’ll find that most developments accommodate pets provided you follow the policies and ensure your pets aren’t a bother to fellow residents.
3. Develop a Routine
Develop a consistent and regular time for outdoor play and feeding particularly for dogs. This functions as potty training to prevent inconveniences to your neighbors. Ensure you have a set of clothes in the event of an emergency during an odd hour. This way, you’ll be in a position to go out as fast as possible.
4. Maintain Cleanliness
Your cat or dog will mark their territory in your unit. Therefore, you must scrub your furniture and walls using extra-strong soap otherwise the smell will linger. Moreover, you’ll have to vacuum thoroughly because cats and dogs shed considerable hair.
If possible, you can bath your pets and dry them thoroughly to prevent your unit from smelling wet dog fur constantly. If you can’t bath your pets, for instance, rabbits or birds, ensure their homes are clean.
5. Keep Your Pet Exercised
Exercise and fresh air are necessary for your dog, so explore the trails and parks in your area, particularly those with elected off-leash dog parks.
You’ll discover that dog parks are an excellent place for meeting neighbors, socializing, and bonding over the joys of owning a pet. In case you’re away from your home for considerable periods, it’s advisable you hire the services of a dog walker.
No dog regardless of how well trained it is can go without relieving itself for hours, particularly if it’s a puppy. Another thing to watch for is barking; a bored dog can bark constantly and neighbors won’t be patient.
Locating a pet-friendly condominium unit can be difficult and those that permit pets tend to have strict rules regarding pet ownership. That’s why you must conduct thorough research before renting or buying a condominium unit.