Bringing a Pet into Your Apartment: Things to Consider

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Bringing a Pet into Your Apartment: Things to Consider

2019-04-16

 

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 It's a question many people face during apartment life: is it a good idea to bring a pet into your living situation?
The honest answer is that it depends on several factors, and it's important to both be honest with yourself and with your landlord when you decide that you want to add a pet to your living situation in one of the Court Street apartments in Athens, OH. Here are a few things you need to consider!

Is It Realistic?

Before you consider anything else, you need to make sure that your landlord is okay with a pet and that you can afford any fees or rent that comes with your pet. Your landlord might say yes to some kinds of pets and no to others, or might have certain restrictions in order to protect his or her property. You might also have to pay a deposit or fee in exchange for the privilege to keep the pet in your apartment. You've got to be certain that you can meet all of these requirements before you bring a pet home.

Can You Take Care of It?

In many cases, taking care of a pet requires much more than simply providing it with food, water, and a place to call home. You'll also have to make sure that it's not bringing in diseases or other issues that other people in your complex won't want to deal with. For example, a dog that has fleas will be a rather unwelcome presence to the rest of the people in your complex. If you're going to get any kind of pet, it's critical that you stay up to date on all of the vaccinations that it needs in order to prevent diseases from showing up in your complex.

You'll also need to make sure that you do your part to keep pests away from your pet, especially if you have an outdoor pet. If you have a dog, it's likely to pick up fleas if you allow it to roam around the park without proper protection in the form of a collar or flea medicine. Not only is it a nuisance to force residents to deal with that situation, it's also unkind to the animal.

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Will It Be Comfortable?

Certain breeds of pets might not adjust well to being kept in a smaller space where they don't have a lot of freedom to run around and be themselves. If you're getting a pet that needs a lot of exercise, but you only have a one-bedroom apartment, you're likely going to have an unhappy pet that makes life unpleasant for you as well as themselves, unless you can make time for their needs.

Before you opt to get a pet, it's smart to take an honest look at what your schedule is and whether you have enough time to dedicate the proper amount to caring for a pet. If you're deep into your class schedule and can't find an hour a day to dedicate exclusively to caring for your animal friend, it's best to hold off on getting a pet for the time being.

When bringing a pet into apartment life, it's important to consider all of the factors that go into caring for a pet and making sure that it's happy and healthy. If you don't think it's the right time to have a pet, then the Court Street apartments in Athens, OH, could be the right place for you as we do not allow pets.

Off-campus rentals in Athens, Ohio
82 N. Court Street
Athens
OH
45701
740-592-1399