According to YouGov America, “88% of American pet owners say they consider their pets to be members of their family.” It’s official: We love our pets! As much as you love your pet, though, you often can’t spend all your time at home with them. 

That being the case, it’s important to make sure your pet-friendly apartment is specially set up for your four-legged friend’s optimal comfort. By keeping them mentally engaged, having a designated spot, and decorating your apartment carefully, you can ensure your pet will always be happy to call your apartment home. 

Keep Your Pet Mentally Engaged While You’re Gone

Many dogs would prefer to have their owners home with them all day every day, and if your pup is like that, make your leaving an exciting time! Offer a special food treat, and leave things for them to do, too.

“Be sure to keep your apartment dog active with fun activities,” suggest the writers at Chewy. “For example, keep your apartment dog busy while you’re out by providing food puzzles, such as the West Paw Zogoflex Toppl dog treat toy. By trapping dog treats inside, parents can ward off boredom and destructive behavior.”

You can also leave the radio or a calming Spotify station playing. And if you’re frequently gone for a long time, you can get a Wi-Fi-enabled pet camera that allows you to talk to your pet during the day and even dispense treats!

Consider a Designated Crate or Room

Dogs and cats both do well when they have a designated spot that is all their own. When they get stressed or tired or just need some space, a crate or designated quiet area where they won’t be bothered may be just what they need.

For young puppies, crate training can be an excellent method for house training, and eventually, the crate will become somewhere they feel safe. If you’re heading out for a couple of hours and you still don’t trust your pup not to chew the furniture, you can leave them in their crate with an interactive toy to keep both them and the house safe while you’re away. 

Decorate Your Apartment Carefully

It’s sad but true: Even well-trained dogs and careful cats can have accidents. Even the sturdiest decor and hardiest rugs may not be able to withstand the attention of a bored, excited, or frightened pet.

With that in mind, you may have to sacrifice a little of your taste in decor to make your pet-friendly apartment even more pet-friendly:

  • Don’t put pricier furniture in your pet’s favorite rooms
  • Keep things like breakable decor or expensive clothing on high shelves or in locked closets. 
  • Buy rugs that are easy to wash or replace

Having a four-legged friend to come home to is one of life’s simple joys. Make your pet-friendly apartment as comfortable as it can be for your pet, and they’ll love calling your apartment home. And If you are looking for a pet-friendly apartment in Anaheim, consider moving to Beachwood Apartment Homes! We have one- and two-bedroom apartments available for lease today.