Pets in small spaces
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.
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.
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.