The key to successful living with dogs and cats in a confined space depends largely on the pet, the owner and the quality of the home environment. According to veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren, having a healthy, happy apartment pet is all about choosing the best pet for you.
Cats versus Dogs
Cats can be the perfect choice for people with limited space and those who are either inactive or very busy. They are low maintenance, naturally clean, adaptable and have an endless ability to snooze. Cats make great indoor pets.
Dogs provide excellent companionship and motivation to exercise. However, they also have higher care needs than cats, generally require more company and may not be suitable for people who are not often at home or can’t commit time to exercise and training.
Small dogs aren’t always the best option for small spaces
A small size doesn’t necessarily mean ‘great for an apartment’. Some small dogs such as the terrier breeds have endless energy and need a lot of attention and exercise. Conversely, some large breeds such as Great Danes and greyhounds can be calm, require less exercise and can be well suited to apartment living. Avoid high-energy working breeds and those breeds with a naturally strong desire to bark.