When it comes to apartment living, having a pet can be tricky. From finding a pet-friendly apartment to managing your pet in a small space, it can be difficult to know where to start. But, with the right preparation, living in an apartment with your furry friend can be simple.

Check out these tips to get you going in the right direction!

Finding a Pet Friendly Apartment

The first step to successful apartment living with a pet is to find a pet-friendly place. Not all apartments are ready to roll out the red carpet for your pet, so it’s important to do your research. Start by searching online for pet-friendly apartments in your desired area, and be sure to ask potential landlords about their pet policies.  Many apartments have specific rules and restrictions. This can refer to the pet’s weight or breed. So, you want to be honest about your pet’s characteristics so you don’t find yourself in trouble later.  

Keep an eye out for communities have specific amenities just for pets and pet parents! It’s a great way to see how dedicated a community is to their four legged residents. Some amenities to look out for are pet parks and dog runs, high end pet  spas, pet concierges and dog friendly amenity spaces.

Managing Your Pet in a Small Space

Once you’ve found a pet-friendly apartment, it’s time to think about how you’ll manage your pet in a small space. One of the biggest challenges of apartment living with a pet is keeping the space clean and clutter-free. Don’t worry; it can be done! Have a regular cleaning schedule and set boundaries with your pet. Let your pet know that certain areas in the apartment are off-limits.

Energy Level

When it comes to managing your pet in a small space, you need to consider your pet’s energy level. Apartment living can be confining for pets, so it’s important to make sure they get enough exercise. Take your pet for regular walks or runs. You can even have a designated play area in your apartment for your pet to get his energy out.

Noise Level

If your pet tends to be loud, it may be important to train them to be quiet depending on the community type (and apartment soundproofing!). Also, give them plenty of attention and exercise so they don’t become bored and destructive.

Additionally, apartment living can also be lonely for pets that are used to being around humans all the time. It’s important to make sure that you spend quality time with them and interact with them frequently.

Other Tips for Apartment Living with Pets

  • Make sure your pet is comfortable with the space by having pet-specific furniture such as a pet bed, feeding bowl, and toys.
  • Keep your pet safe by having a microchip and ID tag on them at all times.
  • Follow community guidelines and laws regarding pets, such as registration and vaccination requirements.

While apartment living with pets can be challenging at times, you can make it a success with the right preparation. Finding a pet-friendly apartment, managing your pet in a small space, and training them to be quiet are all important if you really want apartment living with a pet to work.

Making sure your pet has enough exercise, attention, and activities will also keep them happy and entertained. Always follow community guidelines and rules regarding pets. This includes registration and vaccination requirements. With a little bit of effort and patience, you and your furry friend can live happily ever after in your apartment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Many apartments are pet-friendly, but it depends on the specific community. Be sure to let them know about the breed and weight restrictions, and also be honest about your dog’s characteristics.

Regular exercise, designated play areas (barkparks), and plenty of attention can help keep your pet calm in a small space. It’s also important to train them to be quiet, and to provide them with plenty of toys and activities to keep them entertained. Pets can get bored easily!

If your pet is too loud, it may be important to train them to be quiet. This obviously depends on the apartment community. You can also consider giving them more exercise or attention so they don’t become bored and destructive.

Some apartments and communities have registration requirements for pets. Be sure to check with your community to see if you need to register your pet.

Yes! Most of the JCMLiving communities are pet friendly for both dogs and cats. Reach out to our leasing team to assist you with any pet related inquiries.