Best Pets for Apartment Living

Adopting a pet can be a very rewarding commitment. However, apartment living can pose some challenges to finding the right pet to welcome to your home. It is important, as a new pet owner, to ensure that your home will accommodate your new friend.  Here are some key points to consider when looking at pets to adopt if you are living in an apartment, such as Portland apartments for rent.

If you’re a dog person, you’re going to have to pick a smaller breed. But first and foremost, you will have to check with your landlord to see if dogs are allowed at all, as they are the most common pet that are not allowed in apartments. Some popular and acceptable breeds include pugs, and most terriers. Larger breeds, such as huskies, labs, or golden retrievers, do not do well in confined environments. Also, you will need to make sure that your dog is well trained and doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety.  Dogs who do tend to bark excessively while you’re away at work or running errands and can be a nuisance for nearby neighbors.

Cat people will be happy to know that cats are perfect for apartment living. While they do require some space for a litter box and a scratching post, apartments are usually large enough to accommodate their space needs. While they may still experience separation anxiety (so be sure to show them lots of love when you are around!), they are not as disruptive about it.

Not a cat person or a dog person? There are several other potential pets for you that do well in apartments. Reptiles or amphibians, hamsters or guinea pigs, and fish are all great options. If you are interested in reptiles or amphibians, they should be on the smaller side so that their cage can be comfortably accommodated in your apartment. Hamsters and guinea pigs similarly can be accommodated in an apartment since they all can live comfortably in a smaller cage and are not disruptive to close by neighbors.

If you’re choose to bring home some fish, it is very important that you check on the size needs for your new underwater friends.  You will need to select a fish tank based off of the space requirements of your fish and how many fish you choose. This information should be available at your local pet store where you get the fish from.  Your new school and their home should be able to fit comfortably in yours.  Additionally, they are easy to care of and do not have no impact on other residents.

It does not matter if you are a dog person, a cat person, both or neither. You do not have to let apartment living such as at Portland apartments for rent, limit your options for adopting a pet. While space and the close proximity of neighbors may pose a bit of a hindrance, there are plenty of animal friends just waiting for adoption that would be happy in an apartment setting.