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Finding a Pet Friendly Apartment

When you move you want to find an apartment for your entire family. This includes the furry members of your family, so finding a pet friendly apartment is key. . While some apartments will not allow pets because of liability concerns, other will welcome pets as long as you abide the guidelines. This can include an extra pet deposit fee on top of your rental deposit, an extra fee on your monthly rent, or more. Some complexes may also limit you to only a dog or a cat, so finding a place that will accept your emu could be difficult. With some advice, however, you can find a pet friendly apartment that will make everyone in your family happy.

What Amenities to Look For

How pampered is your pet? If you’re looking for a place to
live and only a place to live many apartments are happy to accept pets. Others have
amenities that can be specific drawing perks to pet owners. Many newer
complexes not only accept pets, they will have dog parks, in-home groomers, and
more. They view the dog park as part of the community so residents can connect
with other residents, and this includes the dogs. In some larger cities they
may even have access to veterinarians and more.

Know Where Your Pet Can Go

While some apartments and buildings will allow pets, they
don’t mean to allow blanket access to all parts of the building. There may be
other businesses within the building that are not as pet friendly. While they
are fine with you having your pet in the apartment unit itself and some of the
hallways it is unlikely they will be welcome in community areas or the gym.
You’ll also want to check and see what pet-friendly amenities are nearby. This
includes a vet, grooming, and pet supplies.

Find the Right Apartment

Your apartment itself can be pet friendly, but some
apartments work better for poets than others. For example; if you have a pet
that sheds an apartment with tile or laminate floors will be easier to clean
than one with carpet. Having a unit on the ground floor is easier for dog
owners so they can go outside easier.

Check Your Lease

Finally, if you have a pet in your apartment you will need
to learn the terms of your lease and how they relate to your pet. Some
communities will have a weight or breed restriction on dogs. Most will have a
pet deposit that is separate from the regular damage deposit. You might even
have to pay a small fee each month on top of your regular rent. If you follow
all of these steps, however, you can find the perfect apartment for you and
your pet.

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Signing a Pet Agreement Contract

Pet Agreement Contract

Your new apartment is meant to be a home for all of your immediate family, and that includes your furry family members. Many apartment buildings and complexes are now pet friendly, meaning you can bring your cats and dogs with you when you move. Many times residents have to pay an additional fee up front and their rent may have an extra charge each month, but those are things outlined in the “Pet Agreement” portion of the lease. You may not know what is involved in a Pet Agreement, but here are some of the common parts of a basic Pet agreement contract that is in most leases.

Type of Pets Allowed

Pet agreements are designs to protect both tenants and property managers. It outlines the rules for owning a pet on the property for all tenants, including non-pet owners. It helps state which types of animals are allowed to be pets. Some properties won’t allow “dangerous breeds” of dogs such as pit bulls. These agreements also may set a weight limit on dogs. It is also common to state that the only pets allowed are those owned by the tenant, so guests cannot bring their pets when visiting.

Some landlords and property managers may only allow dogs and cats, while others can allow more exotic animals. Something as simple as a goldfish generally doesn’t apply to a pet policy, but lizards, snakes, and other exotic animals.

Licenses and Vaccinations

A Pet Agreement also outlines that a pet owner should follow proper health and identification processes. This means making sure pets have a proper ID tag on their collars and that they also have all of their vaccinations. There are  local ordinances require concerning regular cat and dog vaccinations and licenses, so property managers will insist on proof of compliance.

Pet Fees

Keeping up after pets is important, so a pet agreement will outline any additional fees necessary as well as the rules for keeping pets under control. Tenants are required to clean up after their pets both inside and outside the apartment. Some may even require pet owners to carry renter’s insurance in order to cover damage caused by pets. If there are additional fees such as a pet deposit or an additional monthly charge on top of rent it will also be outlined in the Pet Agreement Contract.

Finally, a pet agreement contract is often subject to change. Sometimes a landlord will have a “grandfather clause” exempting tenants already in the building from having to comply with the new rules for pets they already had before the changes took place. Typically, property managers will give 30 days’ notice before any changes to the pet policy will take effect.

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Cats and Apartment Furniture

Cats and Furniture

A common misconception about cats is that they’re mostly aloof. This well-known myth tells us that cats fend for themselves and do not need, and mostly do not want, interaction. But the myth is simply wrong. Although cats are not like dogs, catering to your every emotion, like all animals they enjoy playing and moving around. They have instincts: they’re excited by certain stimuli in their environment and ignore others.

The movement to declaw cats in large part is a consequence of this myth. The belief is that, although cats do not like interaction, they for some reason are destructive. Maybe it’s that they’re trying to make your home their own. Or maybe it’s that they just don’t like humans, period. Yet, these are just more misconceptions.

The plain truth is that cats need interaction: they love to play. Cats generally scratch objects in the house because it’s a form of stimulation and play. To prevent your cat from scratching, simply buy a few scratching posts for the house, and place them in areas your cat enjoys. Alternatively, you will find that playing with your cat will cause it to release less stress in the form of scratching. Like all animals, if cats do not move around, they build up energy and become restless. Most cats love laser pointers, and this could be a quick way to help your cat blow off some steam. Another way is to build or buy cat trees for them to climb and lounge in.

Whatever you do, don’t buy in to the myth that cats don’t need interaction. Your cat isn’t interested in destroying your things or staying as far away from you as possible. Although they don’t like to rough-house like most dogs, they do enjoy playtime. Figuring out what kinds toys are interesting to your cat is half the battle in preventing them from scratching your furniture. The other half is playing with them.