Whether you’re renting or you own an apartment, it’s imperative that you make sure it’s safe for your pet and that your fur-baby won’t damage your living space!

Most people would love to get a pet but often, body corporates don’t allow little dogs or cats in the block. On the off chance that you are allowed to have a pet, here are a few tips to take into account to ensure your flat is ready:

Avoid dangling cables

TV and appliance cables can be extremely hazardous to your pet. There is a chance that they will potentially confuse cables for toys and damage your valuable items, or worse – sustain injuries from biting through electrical wiring.

Hide breakable or chewable items

It’s best to keep breakable items such as glass vases, lamps and ceramic accessories out of your pet’s reach. Unless you want to say goodbye to your new shoes or soft-fleece blanket, pack it away!

Avoid dangerous house plants

There are certain house plants that you shouldn’t have in your home if you have pets as they contain dangerous toxins that affect your pets’ skin or organs. Here are a few common house plants you should avoid:

  • Sago Palm
  • Aloe
  • Arrowhead

Carpet/rug type

It goes without saying that you should prevent buying light-coloured rugs as pet stains would become more obvious. Opt for carpets or rugs made from nylon fibres as opposed to shaggy wool material. Nylon is more durable and stain-resistant, making it the perfect option for pet-friendly homes.

Stock-up on products

Pet shops sell potty training mats for dogs, specifically designed to help them relieve themselves in one spot. There are also various sprays available that diminish your dog or cats’ odour, which will discourage them from messing or getting too comfortable in a certain spot.

These are just a few small changes you can make in your apartment to welcome a dog or pet. To skip the fuss, you could always get a little bird or a fish but who could resist the cute soft paws and wet noses!