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Tips for Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy in Small Spaces

Tenant Playing with Her Cat and Dog in a Small Merced RentalIf you own a pet and reside in a small Merced rental home, you are aware of the importance of space. Finding enough space for your pet to run around and play, let alone store their belongings, can be difficult. However, with a little imagination and a few pointers, you can keep your pet happy and healthy even in the tiniest of spaces! This article will discuss ways to make the most of a small living situation with pets.

Give your pet plenty of outside time.

Suppose you have a yard, wonderful! Make certain your pet spends some time outside. If not, go for a walk around the block or to a nearby park with your pet. Dog parks are also excellent places for your dog to run around and socialize. Fresh air and physical activity will do wonders for their health and happiness, as well as yours.

Make time for playtime.

It is vital to keep your pet’s mind active, as a bored animal is more likely to get into mischief. Your pet desires nothing more than to have fun playing with you! This is particularly important if your pet has limited space to run around indoors or if it is intelligent. Smart pets are more likely to become bored. But, no matter what type of pet you have, playing engaging, active games can keep your pet healthy and moving.

Invest in a good scratching post and indoor toys.

If your pet will be spending a great deal of their time indoors, make sure they have plenty of activities to keep them occupied. A decent scratching post will give your cat something to scratch other than your furniture and will keep its claws healthy. Cats may also appreciate places to climb and investigate, particularly near a window. Indoor dog toys, such as puzzle feeders and Kongs, can also stimulate their minds and prevent boredom.

Train your pet early on.

A well-behaved pet is less likely to cause damage to your rental property if it’s been trained correctly. If you have a new puppy or kitten, you should promptly begin training them in areas such as potty training, chewing, and scratching training. Giving your pet their own comfortable sleeping area and teaching them to go there on command is vital. When coming in, going out the door, or having guests, this can keep them out from underfoot.

Give your pet plenty of love and attention.

This should go without saying, but it is the most crucial thing you can do for your pet! No matter the size of your living space, give your furry companion lots of affection and care. They will repay your generosity by being loving and devoted companions. In addition, they will be happier and healthier!

While keeping a pet happy and healthy in a small home is possible, upgrading to a larger home is another option. Call our office to speak with one of our Merced property managers if you’re ready for more space for both you and your pet. We can help you find the right-sized rental home you and your pet will love.

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