Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a pet, but there are certain types of animals which are better suited to life in units.
One of the keys is choosing a pet that suits your lifestyle, and the size of the property. Apartment-dwellers need to take into account the amount of time and energy they can devote to the pet and its needs.
Generally dogs are more active and love companionship while cats are happier to lounge around, are more easily housetrained and are much more independent.
If you choose a dog, the most important factor is its personality. According to the RSPCA, some breeds of dog are more suited to indoor living than others such as:
- Australian Terrier
- Basset Hound
- Bichon Frise
- Boston Terriers
- Bulldog and French Bulldog
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
- Chinese Crested Dog
- Daschund (toy)
- Italian Greyhounds
- Poodle (miniature)
- Shih Tzu
Remember, even relatively low maintenance dogs need to be walked daily for exercise and toilet breaks.
An indoor cat will be kept happy with a window to look out of, some toys to play with and a scratching post.
Some breeds recommended for apartment living include Abyssinians, British Shorthairs, Birmans, Burmese, Persians and Russian Blues.
Other animals that can make good apartment pets are birds, fish, rabbits, hamsters, mice and guinea pigs.
Things to look for in a pet friendly apartment
- Is the body corporate pet friendly?
- Are the floorboards/floor coverings suitable?
- Is there sufficient insulation or soundproofng throughout the dwelling?
- Does the pet access to windows so it can look out?
- Are the balconies safe and of suitable size for the pet?
- Do you need to fit interior doggy doors to allow freedom to move through some of the apartment?
- Are there pet-friendly parks and walking areas nearby?