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.
Once you have found a pet-friendly place to live there are often a few more things to consider. 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. Other animals that can make good apartment pets are birds, fish, rabbits, hamsters, mice and guinea pigs. Some breeds recommended for apartment living include Abyssinians, British Shorthairs, Birmans, Burmese, Persians and Russian Blues.
Things to look for in a pet friendly apartment
- Are the balconies safe and of suitable size for the dog.
- Are the ﬂoorboards/ﬂoor coverings suitable.
- Is there sufﬁcient insulation or soundprooﬁng throughout the dwelling.
- Will you give the dog access to windows so it can look out.
- Do you need to ﬁt interior doggy doors to allow freedom to move through some of the apartment.
- Are there dog-friendly parks and walking areas nearby.
- Is the body corporate pet friendly.
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