If you’re an animal lover, there are few things better than your dog’s enthusiastic greeting when you come home, or your cat’s happy purring when she’s curled up on your lap. You spend many happy hours exercising, grooming and caring for your pet. So why should you sacrifice all of that joy when you rent an apartment or home? It might be a bit unrealistic to keep your horse in your back yard like Caroline in CBS sitcom Two Broke Girls, but regardless if you own a dog, cat, rabbit, cockatoo or a boa constrictor: he or she is likely part of your family. If you rent a home, it’s important that both you and your pet feel safe and at ease.
You might have seen an episode of My Cat From Hell or The Dog Whisperer, reality shows in which Jackson Galaxy and Cesar Millan addresses problems between humans and their pets. What renters can learn from these shows is that behavioral problems such as anxiety, extreme dominance, aggression, neuroses and marking can become exaggerated and therefore serious issues when pets feel in any way unhappy or threatened. Both Galaxy and Millan explain time and again that what works for humans, doesn’t always work for our pets. And, since you want your furry family member to be happy, keep the following tips in mind when looking for a place to rent:
Renting with pets can be challenging, but with good planning and great pet ownership, you can make a true home for you and your furry friend.