Make sure to pet-proof your apartment when inviting in a new furry friend.

Bringing a new cat or dog into your apartment living space can be a big commitment. While your pet will be with you for the long haul, remember that your apartment may only be a temporary stay. Not only is important to instill good habits in your new animal to make things easier on yourself, but also because otherwise you may end up paying for apartment damages caused by your pet. A cat or dog is already a major financial commitment, so don't waste your money on preventable expenses. Here's a basic guide for pet-proofing your apartment. 

Invest in a kennel 
A kennel or crate doesn't necessarily have to be viewed as cage. Instead, consider it a personal home for your pet that can be designed for their comfort. In fact, dogs may feel safe in a properly sized kennel in which they can stretch out and relax. Make sure to layer the bottom with blankets and pads so that your pet can relax. These enclosures ensure that your pet won't get into any trouble while you're out of the apartment, and also provide a den that your pet can call home. 

Prepare for accidents 
Training your cat to go to the litter box or your dog to go outside takes time. Don't expect their training to kick in right away. It requires practice and praise to teach your pet to only pee where they're expected to, and in the meantime it's important to invest in some carpet cleaner so that you don't leave any stains or odors in your apartment. Be careful to keep any carpeted areas in good condition, as you won't want to pay for them to be cleaned or replaced when you move out. 

Find potential hazards 
Of course, the first step in identifying potential hazards is just giving your apartment a good clean. If you haven't cleaned under your sofa in awhile, it's advisable to do so before your new pet starts exploring their new home. You never know what random bits of detritus make harm your cat or dog. After you've cleaned, make sure that no electric cords or wires are in a spot that your pet could chew on or trip over. If you have cords that simply can't be moved, consider taping them down or affixing them in such a way that your pet won't be able to easily access them. 

Lock up chemicals 
If you have harmful cleaning products under you bathroom or kitchen sink, make sure they are locked up so that your cat or dog can't get into them. Another simple option is to move them to a location up high that might not be reachable for your pet. Either way, take this precaution so that your pet can't consume anything that may make them ill or prove fatal. 

Keep a lid on your toilet 
Make sure to keep the lid down on your toilet so that your cat or dog doesn't repurpose it as a water dish. Not only do you have to worry about bacteria, but chemical residue left over from cleanings could also cause your pet to become ill. 

Invest in some blankets 
You'll want to keep your furniture in good condition as you move from one apartment to the next, but it may get somewhat beat up if your pets flop all over it all the time. Consider investing in some blankets on which your cat and dog can sit without leaving hair all over your nice furniture. 

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