Getting The Right Apartment Pet

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petsMost people living in apartment situations do not get to enjoy the perks of having a furry companion around. Many landlords and leasing companies do not want to deal with the potential damages caused by pets. Furthermore, there are insurance reasons to consider. For example, if you are renting an apartment for 12 months with your dog, who is to say that the next tenant will not be allergic to dogs? Even so, with a little know-how, even a perpetual apartment inhabitant can enjoy a furry friend.

Weight Limit

Many apartments that permit pets still enforce a weight limit. The weight limit is usually 20-30 lbs. This equates to a cat or a small to medium sized dog. To be the devil’s advocate here, it actually shows an interest in the animal’s welfare, to limit the size of the pet. A large dog would not really have the lifestyle support it needs in a small apartment. Just think of a mastiff with no yard to run in, bumping into the coffee table every time he wants to take a little circular walk to make his bed comfy.

Allergies

As mentioned before, many people rent apartments with pet allergies. Some progressive apartments complexes have separate wings or floors for pets. This is similar to smoking and non-smoking floors of a hotel. The proactive way for a tenant to negotiate the allergy argument is to get a hypo-allergenic animal. Some popular hypo-allergenic dog breeds include:

  • Bedington Terrier
  • Standard Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Chinese Hairless Dogs
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Labradoodle (Lab and Poodle cross)
  • Maltese
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzers
  • Soft-coated Wheaton Terrier

Hypoallergenic Cats

There aren’t as many options in the Cat family but there are still a few:

  • Devon Rex Cat
  • Sphynx Cat

Size and Apartment Amenities

It is important to be familiar with your apartment’s amenities and layout before getting a pet. Some things to consider would be: Is the apartment near a busy road? Is there a fenced grass area? Are there appropriate dog walking areas within a reasonable distance? Are there other pets? How big are the rooms in the apartment? And so forth. Being considerate of your pet’s needs should be a top priority.

Great Container Garden Ideas

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Container gardening has tons of benefits over in-ground gardening. With a container housed plant, you have the freedom to move the garden to sun, shade, or wherever you like. You also get more control over the contents of the soil. Container gardens keep pests away from your plants much more reliably than traditional in ground garden set ups as well. Save money when you use recycled items to house your plants. Pretty much anything can become a glorious habitat for any plant. This article shows you some beautiful and unique container garden ideas that go above and beyond your standard container garden.

Budget Containers

Looking to save money on your garden? By using items from around the house, or the thrift store, you can easily set up a productive garden, with just the cost of dirt. Some popular containers for gardens include:

  • 5 Gallon Paint Buckets
  • Pallets
  • Old easter baskets
  • Egg cartons
  • Boxes

With any container, make sure you can drill or poke drainage holes so you don’t swamp your plants. Always line the bottom with some sort of porous material like large pebbles. Then put your garden soil on top of that. This increases drainage and won’t rot your plants.

Unique Containers

desk container garden
An old desk can be painted and planted.
Shoes can be repurposed to hold plant babies.
Shoes can be repurposed to hold plant babies.
Egg carton
Egg carton
Bathtub art garden.
Bathtub art garden.

 

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