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Tips for Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy in Small Spaces

Tenant Playing with Her Cat and Dog in a Small Pineville RentalIf you have a pet and live in a small Pineville rental home, you know that space matters. It can be difficult to find sufficient space for your animal companion to run and play, let alone store their supplies. However, with a little ingenuity and a few helpful tips, you can keep your pet happy and healthy even in the smallest of spaces! This blog post will discuss pet-friendly ways to make the most of small living space.

Give your pet plenty of outside time.

Suppose you have a yard, that’s great! Ensure that your pet spends quality time outdoors. If not, try going for a walk around the block or to a nearby park with your pet. Dog parks are also wonderful places to give your dog space to run and socialize. Getting some fresh air and exercise will increase their health and happiness, as well as yours!

Make time for playtime.

A bored pet is more likely to get into mischief, so keep their minds occupied. The most important thing for your pet is to have fun playing with you! This is very important if your pet is intelligent and doesn’t have much space to roam around in. Intelligent pets tend to become bored more quickly. However, no matter what type of pet you have, playing engaging, active games will keep your pet healthy and active.

Invest in a good scratching post and indoor toys.

If your pet will be spending the majority of their time indoors, make sure they have plenty of ways to keep themselves entertained. A fine scratching post will help maintain the health of your cat’s claws and provide them with an alternative to your furniture for their scratching needs. Additionally, cats may appreciate places to climb and explore, particularly near a window. Indoor dog toys, such as puzzle feeders and Kongs, can help keep their doggy minds busy and stave off boredom.

Train your pet early on.

A well-behaved pet is less likely to cause damage to your rental property if it has been properly trained. If you have a new puppy or kitten, begin potty training, chewing, and scratching as soon as possible. It’s also important to provide your pet with their own comfortable sleeping area and train them to go there on command. When coming in, going out the door, or having visitors, this can help keep them out from underfoot.

Give your pet plenty of love and attention.

This should go without saying, but it is the single most important thing you can do for your pet! Regardless of the size of your living space, lavish your furry companion with love and attention. They’ll return your kindness by being loyal and loving companions. In this way, they’ll be happier and healthier!

Even though it is possible to maintain a pet’s health and happiness in a small space, it may be preferable to upgrade to a larger dwelling. Call our office to speak with one of our Pineville property managers if you’re ready for more space for both you and your pet. We can help you find the right-sized rental home you and your pet will love.

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