Tips for keep­ing pets in smaller homes

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

Not all of us can af­ford spa­cious prop­er­ties with large gar­dens. But, that does not mean we can­not har­bour our furry friends com­fort­ably within our tiny homes. "Pets are a huge part of mak­ing a space feel like home. How­ever, if you do have a smaller space, you should make sure your prop­erty is lo­cated near a park or a beach, or is within a safe neigh­bour­hood where you'll feel com­fort­able to let your cat roam around freely and take your dogs out for reg­u­lar walks," says re­gional di­rec­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, Adrian Goslett.

Goslett sug­gests a few other things home­own­ers can do to make their tiny homes more pet-friendly:

In­stall a pet door

"For se­cu­rity rea­sons, it's not ideal to in­stall a pet door on your front door un­less you live in a well-pa­trolled se­cu­rity es­tate or have a se­cu­rity fence around your prop­erty. How­ever, if you have even just a small out­door space in the back of your prop­erty, in­stalling a pet door will al­low your pet some ex­tra space in which to roam around dur­ing the day and is safer than leav­ing a back door open while you're at work."

Cre­ate a pet cor­ner

"Ac­cord­ing to our re­search, dogs gen­er­ally feel more at ease when they have their own ded­i­cated space. This is eas­ier to achieve in larger homes where there is space to spare, but it can be tricky to find such a spot in smaller spa­ces. Con­sider tuck­ing a pet bed un­der­neath the stair­case or ren­o­vate some cup­board space to cre­ate an open pet sta­tion where one might oth­er­wise have in­stalled a shoe rack - just be sure to gain per­mis­sion from your land­lord if you're rent­ing the space."

Deodorise often

"Keep­ing pets in smaller spa­ces can lead to your home de­vel­op­ing a rather strong pet odour. Be sure to keep your space well ven­ti­lated through­out the day. “If you feel un­easy about leav­ing a win­dow or two cracked slightly open at all times, in­stall bur­glar bars so that you're able to keep some air flow­ing through the space. You will also have to clean reg­u­larly to en­sure that the pet smell never be­comes too over­bear­ing." Goslett re­minds home­own­ers that it is often not the size of the home that makes pets un­happy, but rather the qual­ity of life that their owner can of­fer them. "Pro­vided you spend enough time with your pet and al­low them to get fresh air reg­u­larly, most smaller breeds won't mind be­ing kept in smaller spa­ces. I would just sug­gest that you check with your vet to make sure your liv­ing space is ad­e­quate for the needs of your spe­cific pet," he says.

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