There are loads of ways to keep your pet safe at home, but what about cultivating pet happiness in a fifth-floor walkup that’s less than 1000 square feet? Dogs (even small ones) must get outside for mental stimulation and physical exercise, but most cats stay indoors 100% of the time.
The indoor environment must be balanced and meet the needs of all pets, regardless of species, breed, and age. Otherwise, how can you prevent them from getting restless or disturbing the neighbors? Especially for urban pet owners, it’s important to consider all the ways you can support pets in small spaces to ensure they stay happy and healthy.
Most owners are rightfully concerned that living in a small space might not provide the healthiest lifestyle for a pet. Luckily, unless you own a border collie, husky, or German shepherd (or another hard-working dog breed), you can definitely create a happy, small home for a pet.
Active breeds require a lot of time, attention, and high-level physical activities. It’s not impossible to live in the city with them, but for optimal wellness, scheduled walks and routine playtime is vital.
Living with pets in small spaces is easier and more fun when the following factors are considered:
- Commit to taking 2-3 walks or jogs every day. If you can’t do this yourself, hire a dog walker or ask for assistance from friends or family.
- Playtime is key. Visit your neighborhood dog park or check out some of the city’s finest doggie daycares. If your loved ones also have pets, schedule a get together!
- If you think your dog would benefit from additional training, please let us know.
- Provide mentally stimulating toys for your dog to chew on in your absence (like a treat-filled Kong). Your furniture will thank you!
- Lay out puppy training pads on the bathroom floor or a Fresh Patch to go on when nature calls.
For Meow’s Sake!
Cats make ideal pets for apartment dwellers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with their own set of unique needs. Cats also require various activities to keep them occupied when you aren’t home. Consider the following:
Pets in small spaces must have unrestricted access to relieve themselves. Cat boxes can be cleverly hidden inside end tables, benches, or cabinets. Get creative, just be sure Fluffy knows the routine. Since the smell can fill your space quickly, it’s important to empty their box every time they use it.
Play with Pets in Small Spaces
Playtime is fun, but if you’re doing something that triggers your pet’s instincts, it can also be a learning opportunity. What’s more, playing with pets in small spaces every day strengthens your bond, decreases stress, and lessens depression and anxiety. If your dog likes to play fetch, you’ve got it made!
When they’re tired, encourage your pet to snuggle with you or retreat to their own special place, like a crate or bed.
If you have additional questions about living with pets in small spaces, our veterinarians and staff members are happy to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!