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Tips for Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy in Small Spaces

Tenant Playing with Her Cat and Dog in a Small Melbourne RentalYou know space matters if you’re a pet parent living in a small Melbourne rental home. It can be difficult to find enough room for your furry friend to run and play, let alone store their supplies. But with a little bit of creativity and some helpful tips, you can keep your pet happy and healthy in even the smallest of spaces! This blog post will examine ways to make the most out of your small living situation regarding pets.

Give your pet plenty of outside time.

Let’s imagine that you have a yard and that’s awesome! Make sure your pet spends some quality time out there. If not, try to take your pet for walks around the block or to a nearby park. Dog parks are likewise excellent places to give your dog room to run and enjoy time socializing. Getting some fresh air and exercise will do wonders for their health and happiness – and yours!

Make time for playtime.

A bored pet is more likely to get into a crisis, so it’s necessary to keep their minds active. What your pet wants more than anything is to have fun playing with you! This is particularly vital if your pet doesn’t have much room to run around indoors or if your pet is intelligent. Smart pets tend to get bored more easily. Though no matter what type of pet you have, you can keep your pet healthy and active by playing engaging, active games.

Invest in a good scratching post and indoor toys.

If your pet is going to be spending most of their time indoors, it’s important for you to provide them with lots of ways to stay entertained. A good scratching post will help keep cats’ claws healthy and give them something to scratch besides your furniture! Cats may also appreciate places to climb and explore, especially near a window. For dogs, indoor toys like puzzle feeders and Kongs can likewise help keep their minds active and prevent boredom.

Train your pet early on.

A well-trained pet is more likely to be well-behaved and less likely to cause damage to your rental home. If you do have a new puppy or kitten, start training them as soon as possible on things like potty training, chewing, and scratching. It’s also essential to give your pet a comfortable sleeping area all their own and train them to go to it on command. This can help keep them out from underfoot when coming in, going out the door, or having guests.

Give your pet plenty of love and attention.

This one goes without saying, but then it’s the most important thing you can do for your pet! No matter how large or modest your living space is, give your furry friend plenty of love and attention. They’ll return the favor by being loyal and caring companions. They’ll likewise be happier and healthier for it!


While it’s possible to keep a pet happy and healthy in a small home, another option is to trade up for something a bit bigger. Call our office to speak with one of our Melbourne property managers if you’re ready for more space for both you and your pet. We can help you find the right-sized rental home you and your pet will love.

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