During the COVID-19 pandemic, about 11.38 million US households have gotten a new pet. While getting a new pet is definitely fun and exciting, it can also require a big adjustment to live with a new animal and make sure both you and the pets are as comfortable as can be.

Are you worried about living in an apartment with a pet? Don’t be! As it turns out, living in an apartment with pets is easy if you follow these six tips.

1. Choose the Right Pet

Once you find a pet-friendly apartment community, it’s important to choose the right pet for an apartment. The best apartment pets include dogs, cats, fish, birds, hamsters, and guinea pigs. Certain breeds of dogs are better suited for apartments than others. Check out this helpful resource for selecting the right dog breed for your apartment. 

At The Pines Apartment Homes in Montclair, California, we allow a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, and other small pets. We ask that small animals be kept in sanitary cages, dog breeds comply with our sizing guidelines, and all animals be registered with our leasing office.

2. Train Your Pet

Next, to make things easier for all, be sure to train cats and dogs, including establishing a potty routine and controlling for barking and noise. This will not only make your apartment more clean and comfortable, but it will also be considerate to your neighbors and others in the apartment community.

3. Stay Organized

Being organized always makes life easier, but especially when you have an animal running around your apartment. Take the time to organize your pet’s food, toys, and other belongings, and try to keep your own things tidy as well.

4. Decorate Carefully

Keep your pet in mind when you decorate your apartment. Try to avoid decorating with things your pet will chew on or make a mess of. Additionally, be aware of certain household items that can be hazardous to pets, such as chemicals and some types of plants and foods.

5. Exercise Your Pet

When you live in a small space, it’s vital to ensure your pet gets plenty of exercise outdoors. This will help your pet be healthier, happier, and more obedient.

6. Keep Your Pet Groomed

Lastly, keeping your pet groomed will help keep your apartment cleaner. Be sure to take your pet regularly to get bathed and trimmed so that shedding is kept to a minimum and your living space smells fresh.

If you are looking for apartments that allow pets in Montclair, California, check out The Pines today. We offer studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent. We would love to welcome you to our pet-friendly apartment community!