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Tips for Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy in Small Spaces

Tenant Playing with Her Cat and Dog in a Small Boise RentalIf you’re a pet parent living in a small Boise rental home, you know how important space is. Finding enough space for your pet to run around and play, let alone store their belongings, can be difficult. However, with a little ingenuity and a few helpful tips, you can keep your pet happy and healthy even in the smallest 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.

If you have a yard, that’s terrific! Ensure that your pet enjoys some quality time outside. If not, try walking your pet around the neighborhood or in a nearby park. 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. The most important thing for your pet is to have fun playing with you! This is especially important if your pet is intelligent and doesn’t have much room to run around inside. Intelligent pets are prone to boredom. Even so, regardless of the type of pet you own, you can keep your pet healthy and active by playing interactive, physical games.

Invest in a good scratching post and indoor toys.

If your pet will be spending a lot of their time indoors, it’s important to provide them with plenty of ways to remain entertained. A good scratching post will keep your cat’s claws healthy and provide them with something other than your furniture to scratch! Additionally, cats may appreciate places to climb and explore, particularly near a window. Indoor dog toys, such as puzzle feeders and Kongs, can help keep their doggy minds busy and stave off boredom.

Train your pet early on.

A well-behaved pet is less likely to cause damage to your rental property if it has been properly trained. If you have a new puppy or kitten, begin training them on things like potty training, chewing, and scratching as soon as possible. It’s also crucial to provide your pet with their own comfortable sleeping area and teach them to go there when you command them. When coming in, going out the door, or having visitors, this can help keep them out from underfoot.

Give your pet plenty of love and attention.

It should go without saying that this is the most important thing you can do for your pet! Provide your pet with plenty of love and attention, regardless of how big or small your living space is. They will repay your kindness by being loyal and affectionate companions. As a result, they’ll 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 Boise 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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