Nowadays, many condominium developments allow owners to bring their furry friends and exotic animal friends when they move in. In return, owners have to follow their condo’s regulations on cleaning and taking care of their pets to maintain sanitation and peace among neighbors. After all, pets aren’t just luxuries to spend on and upload on social media. They are companions that give joy to many lives and make homes livelier.
You might be thinking of bringing your pet to your new condo unit. But is your condo prepared for your pet? Whether they are the usual furry four-legged cuties, or unique animals–reptiles, birds, or fish–consider these four methods to prep your condo unit for your pets to be happy, playful, and healthy.
Designate a Place for Them
Before bringing home your new pets into your unit, evaluate where your pets should sleep or live in your home. Designating a spot for them before bringing them home is the first step in establishing “house rules” with your new furry friends.
For pets such as fish and reptiles, you should decide where to place their glass cases in your home before bringing them with you. Residents of condo units with layouts similar to Discovery Primea’s three-bedroom suites may place their potential aquarium and terrariums at the corner close to a power source; glass habitats require filters and UV lights to boost the health and comfort of some pet fish and reptiles They may also consult Feng Shui experts to strategically place their pets’ glass case in a location that attracts good luck and positive energy.
Pet-proof Your Unit
Yes, babies and small children aren’t the only thing that needs house proofing. Some pets are susceptible to accidents and causing damage to your unit. For example, hyperactive puppies and cats may knock stuff over and hit themselves during playtime. It is wise to pet-proof your units to keep your pets safe and save yourself the headache from cleaning up or paying for damages.
Scratch-proof your floors by laying a carpet over your flooring, especially if it is wooden. Designate a “bathroom” for them to do business; it may take a while to train them where to pee and poop, but it is better than always cleaning up their mess.
If you have furniture pieces with sharp corners, you might want to “soften” these parts by putting corner guards. These soft rubber covers may keep your dogs or cats from getting injured by pointy corners.
Fence off prohibited areas such as the balcony to keep your pets from jumping and falling. Dispose of any hazardous materials such as broken glass, medication, electronics, and household chemicals. Organize your cords by bundling them up or using cord organizers. You don’t want your pets to strangle or get electrocuted.
Give Them a Routine
Create a routine for your pets by scheduling their time for playing, bathing, feeding, going outdoors, and doing their business. Developing a routine for your pets may also help you keep track of their health and energy levels. Doing so also lets your pets be comfortable in your condo unit and helps in potty-training them to avoid inconveniences with the neighbors and the condo management. Take your furry friends out for a walk from time to time to let them enjoy the outdoors. You may even meet other pet owners with whom you can schedule playdates the next weekend.
For pet birds, letting them fly freely in your condo unit by schedule may help them grow stronger and healthier. You can alot one hour each day for your bird to fly out of their cage. It is best if you let them fly in a room where they can’t slip out of the windows and fly freely. If you have a pet cat, keep them in a separate room during your bird’s flying time. The last thing you want is your cat springing out of nowhere and swallowing your bird whole.
Keep their Spots Clean
Whether they walk on four limbs or spend their lives behind glass, keeping your pets’ spots clean is crucial for both you and your pets’ health and the sanitation of your home. While some high-rise condominiums allow pets in their units, it is your responsibility to clean up their mess and keep your unit clean. You wouldn’t want to be reprimanded by your neighbors and the condominium manager for having a dirty and unpleasant smelling unit.
Thoroughly vacuum your unit to get rid of shed fur stuck on your walls, couch, bed, and carpet. Scrub any urine or waste stains that might not have made it in the litter box or the pee-and-poop pad. Clean your pets’ cages to keep them from smelling foul, growing molds, and being a fertile ground for bacteria and parasites that may cause diseases.
For fish, reptiles, and other exotic pets, clean their glass tanks, water filter, and decor at least once every two weeks or when the water and walls begin to get murky. Use water and a soft cloth to clean the glass. Avoid using chemical cleaners as these can be toxic for your fish, reptiles, and plant life. You might also have to change the layout of their homes, such as replacing the plants or repositioning the stones and other decor for a more refreshing environment.
For pet birds, you may schedule their cage cleaning together with their flying session to save time and keep your bird accustomed to getting out of their home. Wipe away droppings, birdseed covers, and dirt with warm soapy water. Replace their water bowl to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold from infesting your bird’s cage.
Overall, maintaining the cleanliness of your pets’ spots also reduces the risk of viruses and bacteria from growing and causing diseases.
Nowadays, many condominiums allow owners to bring pets with them. Developers understand the importance of pets for their owners’ wellness and happiness. If you decide to bring a new animal friend to your condo unit, follow these four steps to prepare your place in welcoming your pet. You will fulfill your pet-owner dreams and prepare your unit to be a safe, hygienic, and pleasant place for you and your pet to grow and live.