PET-PROOFING YOUR NORTH ATLANTA APARTMENT
Bringing home a new pet whether a puppy or kitten is a very exciting adventure, but it is important to remember this is a big decision and you should prepare for the big event in advance. Fortunately, our North Atlanta apartments allow both cats and dogs, but breed and size restrictions apply so be sure to contact the office to make the proper adjustments to your lease and learn more about the exact restrictions.
If you are choosing a cat because they are low maintenance, remember that kittens are still playful and energetic. You may consider adopting an adult cat from local shelters like Furkids or GoodMews. Luckily, cats are fairly standard in size no matter the breed you choose.
If you are bringing home a new puppy (or dog), you’ll need to do extensive research about the best dogs for apartment living (English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Shih Tzu, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Pugs are just a few of our favorite breeds suitable for apartment living). Some breeds require more maintenance, training, exercise, and attention. Be sure to know what temperament you’ll be signing up for as well.
Now that you have cleared it with our leasing office, it is time to “pet-proof” your apartment before your new four-legged friend makes their big debut. Take these precautions to ensure coming home to your apartment and learning how to live together is a relative breeze:
1. Keep clothes put away in your closet or in your furniture, especially your shoes!
2. Same as in your other rooms, you will want to make sure surfaces are clean of anything dangerous for your cat to come across.
1. Tuck your shower curtain into the bathtub to avoid a brutal game of tug-of-war that your pup may win until they pull too hard and the rod comes crashing down!
2. Put away any important objects you may have on your counter. You probably don’t have to worry about a dog jumping on your counter, but cats will jump right up.
3. Keep the toilet lid down so your animal can’t ingest dangerous chemicals or fall in!
1. Your trash = Puppies' Treasure so remember to keep your trash put away or put a cover on the bin to remove the temptation.
2. Put away all the food in the refrigerator, pet-proof containers, or the cabinets.
3. Invest in child-proof latches for your cabinets and drawers so adorable little paws won’t be able to open them. This will allow you to rest easy knowing the puppy or kitten isn’t getting into something it shouldn’t (food, cleaning products, etc.)
4. Cats love to roam so make sure you put away any knives or choking hazards they may stumble across.
1. Use Velcro strips to organize any loose wires or cables.
2. Make sure you stick to the furniture rules from the very beginning. Are they allowed on the couch?
3. Place house plants out of reach. Plants that are safe for humans are sometimes unsafe for animals, plus we’re sure you don’t want Buddy digging in the soil and making a mess!
You can always choose to ignore these tips and just keep the door(s) closed to any of the extra rooms and only keep your living and kitchen area puppy-proof. Our final piece of advice is simply a reminder that pets don’t save all their mischief for when you’re away, so of course these are important things to remember when you’re at home too.