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Tips for Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy in Small Spaces

Tenant Playing with Her Cat and Dog in a Small Durham RentalIf you own a pet and reside in a small Durham rental home, you are aware of the importance of space. It can be difficult to find sufficient space for your animal companion to run and play, let alone store their supplies. However, with a little imagination and a few pointers, you can keep your pet happy and healthy even in the tiniest of spaces! This article will discuss how to make the most of your small living space when it comes to pets.

Give your pet plenty of outside time.

If you have a yard, that’s fantastic! Make sure your pet gets enough time outside. If not, try going for a walk around the block or to a nearby park with your pet. Dog parks are also great locations for giving your dog space to run and socialize. Getting some exercise and fresh air will improve their health and happiness – as well as yours!

Make time for playtime.

It’s important to keep your pet’s mind active because a bored pet is more likely to get into mischief. Your pet desires nothing more than to have fun playing with you! This is particularly important if your pet has limited space to run around indoors or if it is intelligent. Intelligent pets tend to become bored more quickly. However, no matter what type of pet you have, playing engaging, active games will keep your pet healthy and active.

Invest in a good scratching post and indoor toys.

If your pet will be spending the bulk of their time indoors, make sure they have more than enough ways to entertain themselves. A nice scratching post will keep your cat’s claws healthy and offer them something other than your furniture to scratch! Cats could also enjoy climbing and exploring, particularly near windows. Indoor dog toys, such as puzzle feeders and Kongs, can also stimulate their minds and prevent boredom.

Train your pet early on.

A well-behaved pet is less likely to damage your rental property if it has been properly trained. If you have a new puppy or kitten, begin potty training, chewing, and scratching as soon as possible. It is also essential to provide your pet with a proper sleeping area and train it to go there on command. When coming in, going out the door, or having guests, this can keep them out from underfoot.

Give your pet plenty of love and attention.

Obviously, this is the most essential thing you can do for your pet! Shower your furry friend with plenty of love and attention, no matter how big or small your living space is. They will repay your generosity by being loving and devoted companions. In addition, they will be happier and healthier!

Even though it is possible to maintain a pet’s health and happiness in a small space, it may be preferable to upgrade to a larger dwelling. Call our office to speak with one of our Durham property managers if you’re ready for more space for both you and your pet. We can help you find the right-sized rental home you and your pet will love.

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