Pets are more than furry, four-legged roommates. They are our friends and companions, confidantes, and cuddle buddies. Of course, not everyone is as enamored with our animal companions as we are. If you have pets and roommates, you’ll need to take a few precautions to keep everything going smoothly. An Urbana, IL vet offers some tips on this below.
Choose Pet-Friendly Roommates
Choosing a roommate that loves animals may very well be the best way to nip any potential issues in the bud. Someone who has lived with a cat before will probably understand that Fluffy has absolutely no concept of privacy or personal boundaries. And someone who’s had a dog may still get upset if your pooch eats their shoes or barks at their guests, but they are also more likely to be understanding… especially if they’re friends with Fido themselves.
Keep It Clean
If your roommates don’t want pets, there’s probably a reason for it. One of the main reasons people choose not to have pets is because of smells and messes. Our furry friends aren’t always the neatest roommates! Be prepared to take on some extra cleaning. In addition to cleaning any messes your pet makes, it’s also a good idea to vacuum common areas daily.
The fact that Fluffy will use a litterbox makes caring for her much easier. However, your kitty’s powder room can get stinky, and it definitely isn’t a very attractive centerpiece. If you have your own room or bathroom, keep the litterbox in there. (Tip: use a folding screen or upcycled end table to disguise it.)
Be Prepared To Replace Things
Our four-legged buddies are wonderful friends and companions, but they aren’t perfect. Expect some mishaps. If Fido eats your roommate’s shoes, replacing them is on you.
Don’t Take Advantage
Asking a roommate to put kibble in a bowl isn’t a huge deal, but you also can’t expect someone to change their plans to do so. Have a discussion about what is expected, and what (if any) compensation is offered for pet care or petsitting.
Set Ground Rules
Your pet’s health and well-being are also important. Lay down some ground rules. Our number one suggestion? Ask roommates not to feed or discipline your pet without consulting you.
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