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    Apartment Living and Pets: Utilize Your Space

    With a little preparation and care, the right pet can thrive in a small environment.

    Choose the right pet. While many pets are adaptable, some are better equipped for living in small spaces. Take the time to research different breeds to find the best fit for your small space. Be aware that size isn't always a factor — ideal apartment pets come in all sizes.

    Make sure to get in plenty of exercise. Pets who spend most of their day cooped up in small spaces need sufficient exercise. When you return home from work, take your dog for a long walk, or spend some time playing with your cat.

    Sneak in some mental stimulation. Exercising your pet's mind will keep her mentally sharp. Hide treats and encourage her to seek them out, or play stimulating puzzle games. These activities will also strengthen your bond with your pet.

    Pet-proof your apartment. You should also take some time to prepare your apartment for your new pet to help ease the transition for your furry friend and your neighbors. Move the garbage and cleaning supplies out of her reach, and place a rug on hardwood floors. Plus, give your pet a bed of her own.

    Keep up with hygiene. In small spaces, it's extra important to keep up with proper grooming to keep your home clean and odor-free. Brush and bathe her regularly and clean her teeth. Clean your cat's litter box at regular intervals.

    Abide by the rules. Before you bring home any pet, check with your apartment landlord or manager for the rules about pets in your apartment complex. Some complexes have restrictions based on weight, breed or type of pet.

    Apartment living and pets can make a great combination. Just be sure to give your apartment pet plenty of love and attention, and you'll have a devoted friend for many years to come.

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