Pets In Small Homes



This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills.



You love your pet, you love your place; but there’s no denying it’s starting to smell a little more like a pet store than your fresh urban pad. It may seem inconvenient to have pets if you live in a small apartment or space. However, it is proven that pets help bring us peace and happiness. Even in a small living space, you and your pet can coexist happily. If your pooch poops, or your kitten litters, it is important to have the right tools on hand for a quick clean-up. Never fear, the pet experts are here to help you create a peaceful and clean place for you and your pet to share.

Trust Experts With Tried and True Tips

First and foremost, the number one tip for maintaining a small space with your pets is to purchase a high quality vacuum cleaner. The vacuum doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be good. Look for models that specify tools specifically for cleaning up after pets. If you purchase a vacuum with pet carpet cleaner, all the better. It’s important to clean up accidents immediately when at all possible. Having a quality vacuum and a carpet scrubber can save you time and money in the long run.

Imagine you are preparing for an evening with friends at your small abode. The cat knocks over a vase of dried flowers and you don’t have time to whip out the big vacuum to clean up. It’s a good idea to have a small cleaner handy to sweep messes away in no time at all. A good example is a hand-held vacuum. Better yet, invest in a vacuum that roams your room when you program it to do so. Much of the work will already be done before you notice the mess.

Ditch Unnecessary Furniture

Give away any furniture pieces that don’t have a purpose, and be very intentional with any new furniture purchases. You should avoid purely decorative furniture and focusing instead on pieces that feature storage spaces. Furniture with multiple functions will help keep the clutter at a minimum and allow more room for you and your pets to roam.

Breed Matters, Choose Wisely

You should plan ahead when purchasing or adopting a pet. Breed does matter and it’s crucial that you consider this when you take the leap into pet ownership. It isn’t always true that tiny dogs are best for tight living spaces. Instead, pick a big or small dog from a breed that is known for being friendly to strangers and doesn’t bark too much.

Some breed recommendations that fit this description include:

  • English Bulldog
  • French Bulldog
  • Greyhound
  • Havenese
  • Coton De Tulear
  • Great Dane

Temperament, intelligence and required activity levels all play a part in making this important decision. If you don’t already have a pet but are nervous about how they will fit with your lifestyle, this might be something to research further. However, if you already have a pet or pets that you love, I’m sure they will be happy in any space as long as they are cared for and loved by you.

Apartment Living is Totally Doable

The first rule, really shouldn’t have to be a rule at all. It is just courteous, conscientious and sometimes required by law to check with your landlord before you bring a pet home. But, have you thought about polling your neighbors to see how they feel about pets? It’s a great idea and it could be a good way to meet new friends.

If at all possible, select an apartment or condominium on the ground floor so you and your pet can easily access the great outdoors. Look for homes surrounded by green space you and your pet can enjoy together! Establish a clear understanding with neighborhood children regarding touching, approaching or reaching toward your pet and make sure it is properly socialized.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.