One of the best moments in life is coming home to see the welcoming smile of your furry little friend. There has never been any doubt that for some, this can be considered the highlight of what would have otherwise been an ordinary or exhausting day. After all, pets have their own unique ways of working into our hearts insomuch that we regard them as more than just simple-minded animals but a part of our family.
Indeed, pets can bring warmth and joy into a home which modern gadgets, no matter how innovative, can never emulate. In this regard, it can be rather hard to part with them. Unfortunately, not all residential setups would allow your furry friend to take up residence with you. But if you are lucky enough to find one that does, you need to abide by a standard set of rules. These rules, albeit unspoken, are necessary to ensure that everyone in the condominium complex can live harmoniously with each other. As much as you wish it were the opposite, not everyone shares your affinity for four-footed animals. With this in mind, you need to respect these unspoken rules to make life easier for you, your pooch and everyone else. Take note: Living in condominiums means that you get to share a lot of common areas with your neighbor. Not only that but as they generally live in proximity to you, they would probably have an idea of what is going on in your unit. So, if you are keeping a pet on the sly (even when an association rule has expressly forbidden it), you might want to consider giving it away.
In any case, whether you are living in a green development such as an Empire East condo or elsewhere, it is best to have an awareness of what the basic rules of pet ownership are. Here are some of them:
1.) Housebreak your pets
If you cannot dedicate time to housebreak your pets, then you are probably not responsible for owning one. The moment you take your four-footed friends home, be sure to housebreak them and teach them where they ought to go. Your living room, bedroom, kitchen or any part of your condo’s interior should not be their toilet. It might be relatively easy to clean, but the stench is not something you can easily eliminate and would have a tendency to stick to the furniture and walls of your unit. If you intend to sell or rent out your unit in the future, this will be a potential problem.
2.) Clean up the mess
Be a respectful and considerate pet-owner by cleaning up after your pet regardless of whether they left their droppings in your condo unit or any common areas. In this respect, be sure to always have a plastic or paper bag with you should you be walking your dog in the condominium’s grounds. Encountering animal poop will always be unsightly—regardless of whether it might be on the sidewalk or the hallways. Similarly, you should also routinely clean your cat’s litter box and your pets’ respective cages if you do not wish your unit to reek and have your neighbor’s smell your pet’s foul-smelling pong.
3.) Keep it clean
Inevitably, your pets would wish to mark their territory which is especially true for cats and dogs. Unfortunately, their territory would include your condo unit. In this regard, if you have male pets, you can expect them to make their mark on your furniture or your walls unless they are expertly trained and housebroken. Should any marking occur, be sure to scrub the surface with strong soap or the smell would stick. Furthermore, you would also need to routinely vacuum as pet dander tends to get everywhere. Be sure to bathe your pets once a week and adequately pat dry them. Lastly, it is not enough that you keep them clean, but you have to sanitize and spruce up their homes as well regularly.
4.) Secure your pets
Not everyone shares your love for pets, so you can expect some of your neighbors to be a bit agitated when you walk your pet past them. Seeing as your proclivity for animals is not a universal trait shared by everyone, it is best to keep them on a short leash whenever you are walking them around your complex. In this way, they would not go scaring some of your neighbors if they have this tendency to be playful around people. Likewise, ensure that your smaller pets would not get loose and escape the confines of your units as your neighbors would not want them on the loose. Apart from ensuring that they do not get loose, securing them is also a way to guarantee that they would not fall off the condo terrace.