Pets in small spa­ces

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents - Dr Rachele Lowe

TV vet DR RACHELE LOWE shares tips for liv­ing in a small space with pets Des­ig­nate a spot

Cre­at­ing a spe­cial place for your pet can dic­tate its well­be­ing, as an­i­mals like to have a fa­mil­iar spot to rest and relax. Place beds, blan­kets and toys all in one area. It shouldn’t look like your pet has the run of the house. “If you own a cat, it’s good to al­lo­cate a nook near a win­dow that gets a lot of sun,” says Rachele.

Space savers

If you’re strapped for space, you can source pet food cab­i­nets with in-built bowls, un­der-chair cat ham­mocks, wall drop-down dog­gie beds – or even down­size your pet! “Pocket pets such as guinea pigs, mice and rab­bits can work quite well for the right per­son,” Rachele ex­plains.

Pet-proof

If you have a bal­cony, look into pet-proof­ing it so they can en­joy time out there. Re­mem­ber to keep charg­ers, elec­tri­cal cords and other harm­ful house­hold items out of reach. “A safe place is a happy place,” says Rachele. Own­ers shoulds also lid-lock the toi­let, put away poi­sons and block ac­cess to spe­cial ar­eas.

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