I recently moved from a house to a two-bedroom apartment, which I now share with two adopted kittens. I’m learning how to live in a close-packed community with lots of other people and their pets.
Here are some rules — both unwritten and written — that I’ve learned so far:
1. Understand your building’s pet policy.
was told that my new apartment complex was
pet-friendly. Only after I’d moved in did I
learn there was a weight limit for pets: 25
lbs. No way could I have my dogs I’d adopted with my ex-husband — not even one of them — in that
apartment. (The HSUS has some great tips on finding a pet-friendly rental.)
2. Learn the rules of your apartment complex. After living in my new place for about a month, I discovered that there was a whole book of rules set up by the Home Owner’s Association in my building. Because I’m a renter, I hadn’t been given a copy. Beyond the size restrictions on pets, the book also contained specific rules about where you could take dogs to “do their business,” and the regular, “DUH” kind of rules about picking up after your pets and such.