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Apartment Must-Haves When You Live With Pets

In the market of property management companies in San Antonio, TX, and other major hubs like Houston, Dallas, and Austin, we’re one of the few who don’t impose breed restrictions at our communities! That makes our communities the home of a lot of great pet parents who may struggle to find pet-friendly apartments elsewhere.

While we meet all the animals who come to reside in our community to ensure each animal is able to thrive in an apartment environment, life as a responsible pet owner goes beyond picking up after your dog or training your cat not to jump on the stove. Here are a few items we highly recommend for your apartment to make living with your animals a little easier.

Furniture Protectant

Products like Scotchguard or simple couch covers can help you get more longevity out of couches, upholstered chairs, rugs, and other furniture that helps make your apartment uniquely yours. Sprays or covers help repel water and stains, so pet accidents aren’t the end of the world. This is especially helpful for puppies that are still being house-trained or cats with a habit of marking their territory.

Pet Bed

Your pet deserves a place to lay their head and get cozy! If you don’t want your pets getting on furniture or sleeping in bed with you, getting them a soft, warm bed to call their own is a must. We recommend one that’s machine washable so that keeping it clean is as simple as running it through your in-unit washer and dryer.

Pet Gate

A pet gate might be worth investing in for a few reasons. First, it’s a great way to introduce dogs and kittens to one part of your apartment at a time without having to keep them behind a closed door. It also provides an option for separating visiting pets from your own and gives your pets a safe place to retreat to. It’s also a nice consideration if you have someone coming over who’s allergic to your pet, or may feel afraid or overwhelmed by them.

Chewing Spray

If your pet has a habit of chewing on cords, shoes, or other parts of your apartment, a chewing spray may help. These non-toxic products deter your troublesome chewer by coating the surface of the item you don’t want chewed with a bitter, unpleasant taste. A popular version of this is Grannick’s Bitter Apple spray.

Cat Tree for Cats, Cozy Crate for Dogs

Cats love having someplace high to perch, so make sure they have an approved place to climb. A cat tree works perfectly for this purpose, and many come with built-in scratching posts, toys, and other features to keep your kitty occupied. If a cat tree is too big an investment when it comes to money or floor space, a window-mounted perch can also provide a nice high spot for your cat to call their own and catch some cozy sun rays.

At first glance, crates can seem like a prison, but with a soft bed, water bowl, and favorite toy inside, a crate can actually be a place of safety and comfort for dogs to retreat to. Plus, having a crate can provide peace of mind for owners of dogs who like to get into things or need supervision for other reasons. Having a crate means you can trust your apartment will be just as you left it when you can’t keep an eye on your pet.

We hope this post has helped you prepare for a new pet (or support a current one) at our pet-friendly apartments! If you want to shop our luxury apartments in San Antonio and other RPM communities across the US, check out our Communities page.