To continue on from our previous blog post, we are continuing with the theme of keeping pets in your home, with this post dedicated to those of you who are considering getting a pet for your home. We want to let you know what type of pet might best suit your home, particularly if you’re looking for pets suitable for apartment living, and what you need to consider before getting a pet.
One thing we can tell you for certain is that pet needs space. That means that a pet will inevitably take up space in your home. The first thing you need to consider before getting a pet is whether you have the space? And how much space in your home can you dedicate to a pet? There is also not just the pet itself to consider, but also all that comes with it – pet food and an area to store it; bedding, a tank or container; a litter area; space for pet supplies such as grooming and cleaning supplies. As you can see there is a lot more to getting a pet than just the pet itself!
After you have considered your available space, you next need to take a look at your home environment. If your home is carpeted with lots of soft furnishings, then hairy or curious chewing animals should probably be avoided. If you do not have a garden or green space with your home then a larger more energetic animal may also not be ideal.
Next is the decision of what pet to choose…
As dogs are often considered the most popular pet, we have looked into what types of dog are pets suitable for apartment living and living in confined spaces.
Labradoodles, Bichon Frises, and Schnauzers are good options for those without gardens as these dogs shed very little and may be more suitable for indoor living. Small breeds such as the Pug, Shih Tzu, King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua and Boston and Yorkshire Terriers are a good size for a small space, but some small dogs can be quite noisy and like to bark! – so make sure to advise your neighbours of your new housemate! If you are a fan of larger dogs you do not necessarily need to rule it out as an option for a pet just because you live in an apartment. Greyhounds and Great Danes can often live well in an apartment setting – they are known as the couch potatoes of the dog world! Ideally if you are considering a dog as a pet in an apartment, there should be a green space or a park nearby for exercising and energy expenditure!
If you don’t consider a dog suitable for your home or lifestyle there are hundreds of other pets that may be a better choice.
Cats are a great option for an apartment. They do not need to be walked or exercised and they groom themselves! – plus they sleep on average 15 hours per day so are content to be left at home during the day when their owners are at work.
Guinea pigs, gerbils and rats are certainly pets suitable for apartment living. They require a container which are generally cheap but which does require regular cleaning. These rodent animals generally do not require much input but can enjoy being handled and spending some supervised time on the living room floor!
If you are so inclined, a snake or reptile such as a lizard or tortoise are also well-suited to living in a confined space. They do require an adequate amount of light and heat and some require live bait for dinner! – not everyone’s cup of tea but certainly a pet to consider if it’s what you’re into!
Although for many, a fish may not seem like much of a pet, there are numerous benefits to having an aquarium in your home. Watching fish swimming around an aquarium has actually been proven to decrease blood pressure and stress in adults. So to add a bit of zen to your home why not get a goldfish!