Some studies suggest owning a pet is good for your health, and one study even suggests listening to a cat’s purr can have a positive impact on your blood pressure and help you recover from illness more quickly. Millions of families around the country own pets, and living in an apartment with furry friends can present some challenges.
If you’re searching for a pet-friendly apartment in North Seattle, here are some tips for making the experience as wonderful as possible.
Don’t Own a Pet Yet? Make Sure Your Lifestyle is Best for Pet Ownership
Many families who own pets always have at least one little furry beast running around and may only go a few months after the passing of one pet before adopting another deserving little family friend. However, if you’ve never owned a pet as an adult and you live in an apartment, it’s important to evaluate your lifestyle to make sure it can accommodate a pet.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I home often enough to give my pet the attention he or she deserves?
- Is there enough room for my pet to play and relax at my apartment home?
- Does my apartment community allow pets or have any breed restrictions?
If you can answer these questions positively, living in an apartment with your cat or dog might be the next step.
Creating a Great Apartment Space When You Own a Dog
In an apartment environment, dogs will usually require more time spent caring for their needs than a cat. Although a senior cat with health problems may require some extra attention, healthy cats are often quite content to live in an apartment and spend some nice sunny days in the window looking at the squirrels outside.
On the other hand, even the most sedentary dog will need to go outside on occasion. Barring any sort of health issue that keeps the dog inside more often than not, walking a dog and making sure there are some toys inside the apartment for times when the weather outside isn’t cooperating can go a long way in creating a happy and harmonious dog-filled household.
Tip: When searching for an apartment, consider the neighborhood and whether there are any nature trails, open areas, or dog parks nearby.
Pet adoption website Clear the Shelters reveals:
“Arguably the biggest challenge for dog owners in apartments is having to escort their furry friend outside for all exercise — and all bathroom — breaks. That means rain, shine, sleet, snow, 6 a.m. or 3 a.m. or 11:30 p.m. — buddy, you’ve got to put on your pants.”
You might consider trying to find an apartment on the ground floor or a unit where it will be just a short walk to the exterior of the building.
It’s also important to make sure your apartment actually allows dogs before assuming you’ve found the “perfect” apartment.
Bark Post reveals:
“Many rentals and even co-ops and condos don’t allow dogs. Not even tiny ones. *Sigh* The last thing you want is to get kicked out or end up having to give up your four-legged friend. Check the rules and talk to your landlord or board to verify that you live in a dog-friendly building.”
There’s no doubt that having a pet can reduce the number of apartment homes you’ll have to choose from during your search, but there are some great apartments in Seattle that accept and welcome the furriest members of your family.
Take a Tour of Pet-Friendly Linden Square
Not only do we accept birds, cats, fish, and lizards as pets at our North Seattle apartment community, but we also have low pet rent and have spacious apartment homes that are perfect for your furry family members. Contact one of our leasing agents today to discuss a tour or for more information about our North Seattle apartment community.