5 Steps to Renting Pet Friendly Apartments

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You’ve found the perfect apartment, but just as your pen touches the lease, you remember to ask: “Pets are allowed here, right?” Who would mind Princess Fluffkin, the cat you’ve had since 8 th grade? Many apartments aren’t pet friendly, and if there’s a special furry creature – besides your excessively hairy boyfriend – in your life, it might be wise to ask this question up front before falling in love with the resort style pool. Pets can be extremely destructive, and even though Princess Fluffkin may have the manners of a noble, pet fees will most likely force you to switch to store bought cat food – don’t worry, she’ll understand. Here are some good tips for pet owners when searching for a new apartment.

1. Costs Associated with Pet Friendly Apartments

Pet deposits average around $350, sometimes non-refundable, which can be a real drag especially if your pet hasn’t caused any damage. But, thanks to those disobedient mongrels out there, apartment complexes are forced to charge an exorbitant amount of money for pet friendly apartments. You can also expect monthly rent to increase close to $25 for certain complexes. All this money can really add up. So why not just sneak little Princess Fluffkin in? No one will know; she is so well behaved! Well, we certainly hope not, since consequences of such an offense can result in eviction and or fines. Does Princess Fluffkin have a good lawyer? Just make sure that everything’s covered before you sign a lease. It can be helpful to get everything in writing so there is no room for hesitation or backtracking on the part of the management once you and kitty have moved in.

2. Websites Devoted to Pet Friendly Apartment Searching

There are many internet resources out there for you pet lovers. Apart from actual apartment searching, many will give you helpful tips on how to go about being a pet owner in an apartment complex. Most apartment complexes don’t keep their pet policy a secret, so it’s easy to search out when apartment shopping. Most apartment search engines allow you to select ‘pet-friendly’ as a requirement when searching for an apartment. This will do all the work for you by making sure you are only looking at apartments that will work for you and your pet. Unfortunately, they aren’t able to sift out the apartments with insanely high pet deposits.

3. Proving Your Pet is Worthy

Many apartment complexes say they don’t allow pets, but are willing to bend the rules to get your business. If you have a well behaved cat like Princess Fluffkin, why not let them know? If you can prove that your pet has excellent manners, is small, and well taken care of, the apartment complex is more likely to allow your pet to call it home. Some pet-friendly apartments even require that you bring in your pet to verify its actual weight – since most have a weight limit on pet residents – and ask to see veterinary records to make sure your pet is healthy and up to date on all his its shots. Your pet may even have its picture taken for management records. And, if you can prove that your pet has been trained and is well behaved – some suggest a pet resume – some apartment complexes will forgo their pet free policy and allow one cat to slip under the radar.

4. Keeping Your Apartment Clean

Pets have the potential of being even smellier than your old college roommate. So if you’re hoping to get your pet deposit back – assuming it’s refundable – make sure to clean up after your pet (and yourself). There are so many pet stain removers, odor removers, and such out there, that it can’t be too hard to rid your small apartment of funky pet smell. But if you let the problem attach itself to your living space, you and the future tenants will be haunted by Princess Fluffkin’s not so endearing odor.

5. Keep Your Pet Happy

When searching for a pet friendly apartment, keep in mind the needs of your pet. Does your prospective apartment have grassy areas throughout the complex? If not, where will you walk Fido? And if your pet is restricted to the indoors, look into the flooring situation. Wood or tile floors might be better than carpet – for any unforeseen accidents. And hey, they’re easier to clean up after a cocktail party too! If you have a pet that needs to be walked, and your apartment is surrounded by highways, you could have a problem. Check for nearby parks, apartment courtyards, or better yet… a woodsy environment. This will keep your pet happy while being forced to live in a small space. Fido will be able to release some tension running in the grass rather than chewing up your new pair of expensive shoes.

72 Responses to “5 Steps to Renting Pet Friendly Apartments”

  1. January 12, 2006 at 7:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    Make sure you have a carport or balcony, screened in or glassed in for your cats. Not many people talk about cats but I have 5 adults and they love to be able to be where the air comes in.. I have had hard time looking for areas for my cats since not many have screened in areas anymore.But believe me its much better to have them in the sun and air than under your nose or in your lap all day..So think of them when you make a move into a nice place.. They love their air and sun too … thank you serenity

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  2. January 18, 2006 at 12:31 pm, Anonymous said:

    I always look at the windows when viewing apartments. If the sills are wide enough, the cats like to perch and enjoy the sunshine. This saves accidents and damaging walls with attachable platforms.

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  3. March 19, 2006 at 6:33 pm, Anonymous said:

    I love animals but I currently live in a upscale place that unfortunately has a problem with dog owners who do NOT pick up after their dogs do their “deed” which makes it hard to enjoy the spacious park areas in the community. The mngt tells me to take pics of those offending owners . Why should I do their job ? Why aren’t they out there picking up dog crap if they want to allow those 2 legged dogs to allow there pets to cause one to look where you walk all the time. They HAVE to see 80% of these 30 lb animals are 3x the limit, I guess it’s all about money but it sure takes away from an otherwise very quiet/ attractive community

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  4. April 03, 2006 at 8:28 pm, Guest said:

    Concern for cats safety…

    My husband & I have been thinking about selling our home in the near future and getting into an apartment but my concern is about my cats safety.

    Our cats have a screened in porch which keeps them safe. If we sell the house, I worry about them not having an area to call their own that would also be screened in for their safety but I read your article and felt that maybe we could find an apartment where we can keep our cats safe & happy too.

    How do you go about looking for an apartment with a screened in balcony?

    Will apartments let you put up screen on your balcony if it is done nicely? I look at this as a “plus”…besides keeping your pets safe, it keeps the mesquitoes at bay, so its good for all involved.

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  5. April 19, 2006 at 4:51 pm, Guest said:

    I agree so much with your comments. So much so, that a few months ago, I had to emailed Oprah to do a show on disrespecting owners with their pets.
    I have a similar problem at River Park West Apartment, Richmond, TX. The management team has asked me to do the same in providing them with the owners apartment location. Why should I have do that?
    Most pet owners profess to love their dogs, but are disrespectful to others when their dogs crap in areas where adults and children have to walk. We have containers for that, but some people cannot stand to pick up after their dogs. I guess it’s beneath them.
    Also, the management team here will not enforce them to do so. We have asked the managment ofc. to provide designated area for pet walking. We were told you cannot force pet owners to do that.

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  6. June 07, 2006 at 10:41 pm, Guest said:

    I hope no one finds it odd that apartment owners don’t want their investments turned into animal toilets. I’m a house renter, my wife has two dogs. After three years, I think the toilet is actually cleaner than the living room floor. How much does it cost to re-carpet the space? That’s at least how much pet owners should pay to rent someone elses property.

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  7. June 13, 2006 at 9:11 pm, Guest said:

    I don’t know where you are, but here (“Deep South”) many apartments do have screend porches or sun rooms. Structurally altering an apartment probably won’t be allowed, but it never hurts to ask.

    As it happens, our apartment does not have either. But both my cats positively love the floor to ceiling windows with wide sills. I can open a window, which is screened, and they can watch and sniff to their heart’s content. No low or wide sill? What about a sofa or a chair that’s positioned in front of a window?

    No matter where you are, they’ll find a space that’s “theirs”. We have cat beds tucked away in corners hidden by furniture, particularly cat friendly shelving in a spot or two. I have one who had her own screened porch for years. You’d never know. So long as she can watch the squirrls from a comfy pillow… who cares? ;o)

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  8. June 14, 2006 at 1:07 am, Guest said:

    Some animal accidents are understandable. However, most of them are health or behavior related. If anyone has a concern about their pets housesoiling, see your vet before moving. A behaviorist maybe also recommended if the problem (however occational it maybe) is not medical.

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  9. June 14, 2006 at 1:14 am, Guest said:

    I had an apartment with a sunroom. most of this extended room was made of windows that opened, with screens, about 1/2 way. It also had large windowsills where they could lie and watch the world outside. You can buy beds, that attach to your windows where kitties can hang out, if your sills are too small. If you’re on the 1st floor, there is a company that makes fenced in cat areas so they can play, safely confined, outside. You’ll probably have to get management’s ok, & make sure to supervise play. http://www.catfencein.com

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  10. June 14, 2006 at 1:24 am, Guest said:

    I had been living in my apartment for a few months with my cat, who management was perfectly aware of. I had payed my extra cat deposit and included vaccination records before I moved in. After being there for a while, I received a notice saying that all cats must be spayed/neutered and declawed! Of corse all pets should be spayed/neutered but DECLAWED!!! I am sure that the management company was unaware of the damage this unnecessary procedure can do. It has a potential of causing more damage to people and property than if the cat had all claws. In time, declawed cats may begin to housesoil (and any cat lover knows how hard cat urine odors are to remove) and even become aggressive. It hurts the paws, after bones are removed at the first ‘knuckle’, to dig in litter so kitty would prefer carpet. Cat’s first lines of defense are claws so instead of being able to scratch, they bite. This, in itself, could be a liability. I gave management some information on this form of mutilation, and even included some pictures. I had never heard another word about declawing from them again. If your management company tries to force this upon you, do some research and educate them. There are alternatives as well.

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  11. June 22, 2006 at 8:00 am, Guest said:

    I am leaving an apt complex and I’m not sure if I need to ‘deep clean’ the carpets or is there a legal clause that once a pet owner moves out, the apt complex must replace the carpets. I am paying out the arse for my cat to live there not to mention the roomie decided not to care for the cream carpets we have. I know complexes get the carpet dirt cheap, so is there a legal clause I can throw in their face if they try and take my security deposit for my roomies messing habits?

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  12. July 04, 2006 at 10:28 am, Guest said:

    We too have the same problem with animals doing the deed and not being picked up- we even suggested to the office that they invest in the stands that contain bags and cleverly disguised waste buckets in various places to help aid owners who don’t save all the plastic grocery bags to pick up. While they agreed it was a great idea, it never came to be, so the problem continues.

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  13. July 18, 2006 at 8:42 pm, Guest said:

    I have worked for an upscale community for three years. We allow pets under 25 lbs and we also have the same promblem with pets. We have installed the pet bags with the disposal. IT DOSEN”T MAKE A DIFFRENCE! People are lazy! I would like all residents of any community to know.. Management can only control some things. It comes down to the type of person that is living beside you. It does not matter how much you pay or how nice the property is.

    Fayetteville, NC

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  14. July 20, 2006 at 3:02 pm, Guest said:

    Many fellow tenants I know have experienced a similar situation to yours. I was told about a new book by Jasmine Kinnear entitled, “How to Hide Your Cat From the Landlord: A practical and spiritual guide to living in harmony with a compatible feline in smaller spaces”. She addresses many issues facing tenants such as screened balconies, High Rise Syndrome, finding a suitable apartment for your kitty, and more.

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  15. August 16, 2006 at 1:01 pm, Guest said:

    I had my dog for like 2 months now and out of no where the landlord that sees me walk the dog all the time said we can’t keep the dog i have been crying my eyeballs out. She said you could pay extra for a cat but not a dog is that even right?

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  16. September 14, 2006 at 6:49 pm, Guest said:

    We had our cat declawed when she was a kitten all though I regret doing it and would never do it again. all the talk about housesoiling is rubbish. our cat has never peed anywhere in our house and sometimes she mimicks clawing. She had lived a very normal life

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  17. September 14, 2006 at 6:52 pm, Guest said:

    If youre pet housesoils I would reccommend Pet Zime you can get it at petsmart and it works wonders in cleaning any soil issues

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  18. September 14, 2006 at 6:54 pm, Guest said:

    Take youre poop filled shoe and plop it on the manager’s desk and ask for something to wipe it off

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  19. October 24, 2006 at 1:46 pm, Guest said:

    I am moving into a new place and asked the manager what the pet policy was because i want to get a dog and had seen othere dogs in the building which he is aware of. He told me that I could not have a pet..Is it legal to let some tenants have pets and other not?

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  20. November 14, 2006 at 9:22 am, Guest said:

    We are moving into a new house and have a delima. My husband wants furniture that is less likely to attract cat fur. We have a lovely and mild tempered cat with one big issue. He sheds profusely and it attaches its fur to our present furniture. Is there a particular style or type of upholstery that is preferable with long haired cats?

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  21. December 03, 2006 at 11:28 pm, Guest said:

    I have lived in an apartment for approx 18 months in Spring Texas (MillCreek Apts) We have had at least 8-9 managers in this time frame. My issue is dog poop not being picked up by pet owners. There are several owners that bring the dogs to my front door to poop. I have complained to each and every manager and nothing changes. The most current manager says it is good fertilizer. What a moron. Many tenants have complained to the management company and nothing has changed. What is my next legal move on this matter and is this a violation of my lease on their behalf. I am so fed up and summer time you can barely walk to the parking lot with out passing out. Please someone give me some tips on how to handle this issue. Dog Poop Ally

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  22. January 13, 2007 at 11:59 am, Guest said:

    Hi did you get an information fot that, cause i am in the same situation??? Everybody has a dog in the building and i can t have one…..

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  23. February 03, 2007 at 6:58 pm, Guest said:

    How about leather?

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  24. February 26, 2007 at 9:26 am, Guest said:

    I’ve had every cat I’ve ever had declawed. I’m a HUGE animal lover and would never do anything to harm an animal. I have had over 10 cats in my lifetime (Though now I only have two). All of my cats have been indoor cats, though if they were to get into a scrap with each other, they use their back claws. Naturally cats defend with their back claws. The front claws are used for climbing and catching. Not one of my cats has ever had problems because of being declawed. In fact, the procedure is very quick and much less painful than being spayed. Now they use a laser, so it’s very fast and heals very quickly. They don’t even get stitches, but instead get surgery glue. I always have them declawed when they are fixed and my last cat was much more concerned with his lack of balls than he was of his lack of claws.
    Some of my cats have moch-kneeded, but nothing more. My lap, my other pets, my house and my furniture has appreciated having my cats declawed.

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  25. February 28, 2007 at 2:39 pm, Guest said:

    My apartment has a private, attached yard. i was assured by my manager that my two dogs, who are on my lease and paid for through a pet deposit, could remain out there while I was at work. Well, the building was sold, a new manager came in, and she told me I couldn’t leave them out there. The week before she had painters come in to do the back of the building that is within the confines of my yard and didn’t notify me. The dogs got out and then I was the one who was blamed. Because I wanted to stay on good terms with her I followed her request.

    My dogs use the yard when I am home and that’s it. I allow them to go to the bathroom out there, cause who wouldn’t? It’s just dirt and a few squares of concrete.

    Now she’s issuing me a 3 day violation notice and I haven’t done anything wrong. She’s saying the dogs have soiled my apartment and the lobby rug. The apartment, admittedly yes, but the lobby rug, hell no! I paid a pet deposit, so that covers the carpet, no? And if I asked her if I should get my carpets cleaned and she said no, then why am I at fault?

    I don’t know what to do! How do I get her off my back? Please help!

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  26. March 10, 2007 at 2:25 pm, Guest said:

    what do you do when your neighbor across that hall starts harassing you about the fact that you have two dog. Saying that she couldn’t have hers so we shouldn’t have ours; funny thing is the landlord says she didn’t take care of her dog, it soiled everywhere. Anyway even though we have talked to the landlord and he has told her to mind her own business she still tries to find things to harass us about. she complains to us and the landlord even still about our dogs barking all day when we aren’t home but neihter are the dogs, also she complains that we are too loud going up the stairwell to our apartment when just walking normally. And if it is the noise that bothers her than why isn’t she complaining to the poeple who park in the parking lot and honk their horns after 11pm, and the bylaw states is quiet time between 11pm and 7am. would you just say she is bitter and jealous? and how should i deal with the situation when the landlord won’t anymore?

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  27. April 06, 2007 at 3:48 am, Guest said:

    Declawing is unnessecary mutilation, and if you really are an animal lover, you need to do more research about what declawing actually does to your cat.

    Just because the surgery is quick doesn’t mean it’s not painful. Cats recieve painkillers after spaying(which is actually a beneficial and nessecary surgery, unlike declawing), whereas cats rarely recieve any medication after declawing; then they have to use their feet to get around for days after while it heals.

    Declawing a cat is NOT just removing the claw, it amputates the entire first joint of their toes. It’s purely for human convenience with no reguard for the pain involved for the animal and the affect it has on their balance and comfort for the rest of their life.

    It’s considered so inhumane it’s illegal in many European countries.

    I have had cats all my life, never declawed any of them(though I have owned declawed rescues) and have never had any problems with scratching. Provide alternatives and trim claws or use SoftPaws. A little effort on your part is worth the trauma it saves your cat.

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  28. April 15, 2007 at 7:32 pm, Guest said:

    I have two older cats, both females, who are fixed but not declawed. I cannot bring myself to take away their only defense if they should ever accidently get outside. We did have one other cat who slipped outside one day and was gone for two weeks. We eventually found her bedraggled and muddy, but okay.When you adopt a cat (or more correctly they adopt you), you pay the price of how they were created (claws) and you can correct certain things (litter boxes, etc) but I dont feel right about taking away their only defense should they need it. Cats also defend with their front claws as well as their teeth and back claws.

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  29. May 02, 2007 at 4:55 pm, Guest said:

    I’m a dog owner and live in an apartment. I do pick up after my dog, but get complaints from some people in the complex about finding dog “messes” around the complex. I tell them it’s not my dog and show them the bags I carry in my pocket and on the leash. I have seen other people with dogs not picking up after their dogs and, since I know breeds, told the management what dog breed the animal is and, sometimes, the manager knows from that which apartment to contact. Some dog owners are slobs and others just don’t care about people, but MOST are good owners. The idea of taking photos of the person and dog is a good one that way you and management have proof! Management can’t be everywhere and as a good “complex” citizen it wouldn’t hurt to help management. Make sure to put complaints IN WRITING and keep a copy. Then the management can’t say you didn’t complain. If your complaint doesn’t get results, send copies of your complaints to the owner or Property Management company of your complex.
    Sacramento, CA

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  30. May 13, 2007 at 10:01 pm, Guest said:

    I am a vet tech at a animal hospital and I can say that declawing is a very painful procedure if done worng, and in some cases at all I have two cats one I had declawed before I worked at the vet and saw what it is. If you watched the procedure you would never do it again, they literally take off the first knuckle of the cats toe. YES its painful and YES there can be longterm side effects down the road. I can also say that no it doesnt happen to every cat that is declawed, mine is fine he is 17 years old, but my boyfriends cat who is now 7, had very bad arthritis in his paws and it is hard for him to walk because of this procedure. All I have to say is there are plenty of other options to declawing to make sure your furniture is safe.

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  31. June 24, 2007 at 3:02 pm, Guest said:

    I have an issue I really need help with. I have an outdoor cat and my apartment complex is pet friendly but cats are supposed to stay indoors. When we moved here the apartment manager told us it was okay to let our cat outside that he would look a blind eye. Now we have this battle with a new neighbour that moved in because she is a smoker. We asked the manager if maintenance could seal up the ventilation so we would not have to breath in smoke. Instead they decided to do nothing about it and told her the smoking was bothering us and that she would have to smoke on her balcony. Now she is retaliating and complaining that our cat jumps down onto her balcony wall (we live on the second floor). She keeps complaining and so we were told that we could not let our cat out anymore unless he is on a leash. He is eleven years old, how are we going to keep him inside when he is used to going out? Now we are afraid she is going to try and get us evicted. Is there anything we can do?

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  32. August 11, 2007 at 5:16 am, Guest said:

    I have a cat who lives to go outdoors daily and I can understand your dilemma. However, you asked for it when you caused your neighbor to be forever inconvenienced by having to go out into the cold and rain and not smoke in the comfort of her home. Just as it is harder and harder to find a pet-friendly home, it’s even harder to find a place to smoke inside even if you pay higher than hell rent.You could strike up a compromise if it’s in your capabilities and try and take back your smoking complaint if she allows the cat on the balcony. Well you reap what you sew or some such. Finally a smoker wins a small battle in modern day persecution. I mean really if you want to avoid all pollution you would have to ban cars, never eat or drink, no drycleaning, and I could go on for hours. Smoke from that distance can’t be anymore harmful than the exhaust from the nearby street. Take care.

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  33. August 13, 2007 at 3:00 pm, Guest said:

    Help! My roommate just moved in with her spoiled dog who will run the show if I don’t set some ground rules. What are the key training/ etiquette tips to keep the apartment very clean and odorless???? Help!

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  34. August 15, 2007 at 2:29 am, Guest said:

    I just moved into a new apartment. I had to move quickly and I was going through a lot of tuff things in my life at the time. When I looked at the apartment, I asked if a cat was o.k. They said they needed to talk it over, and then they said “no”. I still took the place just because of the pressure of needing the place. I was hoping I could hide my cat, but the problem is that the apartment is a 3 story victorian house. My apartment is on the 2nd story, and the landlord lives on the 3rd story. I know my cat will want to go into the windows, and there is no way I can part with my cat. Is there any way I can keep him out of the window without putting drapes up?

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  35. August 19, 2007 at 4:52 pm, Guest said:

    cats shouldnt be outdoors anyways. this is a lot of cats die. it shortens their lifespan by a considerable percentage. teach your cat to stay indoors or you neighbor might take care of him for you.

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  36. August 21, 2007 at 7:40 am, Guest said:

    i moved into an apartment that is pet friendly with a 200 payment in the lease it states the dog can not exceed 50 pounds at full adult hood so i went and bought a boxer puppy so when i went to the office to pay the 200 the landlady tells me i can’t have him cause he is an aggressive breed and i have to have him fixed now i went back home and looked over my lease no where in the lease does it state anything about breeds you can and cannot have nor does it say about having the dog fixed. now my boxer is a male and i will use him him for breeding when the time is right but not at my home so since none of this is in the lease can they hold it to me so what can i do and what should i do please help

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  37. August 27, 2007 at 12:26 am, Guest said:

    move.

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  38. September 10, 2007 at 2:36 pm, Guest said:

    I understand did the same thing. Now, I learned after 18 yrs with our “lion O” to offer him a regular ole cat stand-and it is tall -but three levels-it also has sisal wrapped parts as well as carpet covered ones-HE couldn’t be happier. ADD I randomly spray parts of it -twice a week or so; with an organic liquid CAT NIP spray..it really helps keep his interest up and IT causes his instincts to make him want to climb-rub-pretend to claw-on “HIS” things not mine! I use this for both him (being declawed) and a regular cat with claws. Neither use the furniture at all and BOTH are now emotionally well adjusted. The toes on Lion-O also are as strong as the feet on the other cat minus-the nails that is…Hope this helps kitten return to normal emotions and It might take time-but it should do the trick…some do the soiling because of territory-and-also because they feel less-able to defend selves after a declaw. Just like humans even animals adapt individually after losing a part of their body…these tips -seems to help in both cases with saving carpet/and furniture!!!!!!!!!!! (and of course saying NO -when they head for a sofa!)))or putting sarah wrap (or double sided tape where they tend to head too-at the same time -adding these attractants… will help modify their behavior!))))) I have had animals and rented for years-all over the world-Well informed pet owners makes better pet owners! And Happy Landlords-add it will give you “good references’ when you go -and ASK for them; they often can CUT DOWN PRE DEPOSITS in the future! Best wishes!

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  39. October 01, 2007 at 11:31 pm, Guest said:

    Do a search for scat mats. They have ém in different sizes and give your pets a shock (similar in feeling to static electricity) whenever they touch the mat. You can put the mat on the windowsill or beside it and see how that works for you. They are a bit expensive though…

    A cheaper way is heavy-duty (noisy) tin foil, although some have said bubble wrap works as well. My cats don’t fall for it, but some will. I have had someone say that those empty tin-foil pie plates are even better. Place it wherever you don’t want the cat(s) to step on – like windowsill, etc.

    Other ideas are pans of water they can land into when trying to get on a self/counter/windowsill that you don’t want them on, crinkly/noisy plastic bags lining the surface, etc.

    I’ve found that air freshener spray keeps my cats in check when I’m around; they hate the noise. I often don’t even have to spray it — I just aim it in their direction and they start running cuz’ they assume the dreaded noise will come after them. LOL. This obviously doesn’t work when I’m not home.

    I have a fish tank, so I booby trap it with either noisy stuff that can crash down (boxes, magazines, etc) or can make them lose their footing (baby oil, etc); that keeps the furballs from fishing. it’s just a bit sloppier looking than the scat mats, which cost a bit.

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  40. October 01, 2007 at 11:45 pm, Guest said:

    I’ve found that pepper (or cayenne pepper) works well for those unwanted neighbor pets that like to turn your garden or yard into their personal toilet.

    Just sprinkle a bunch of it around the perimeter of your yard, make sure it’s a wide line you’re making with the stuff, as wide as the palm of your hand.

    When the neighbor pets come around sniffing for their competitor’s “stuff” on your lawn — or when the neighbor pets come around sniffing for their favorite spots, they’ll get a good whiff of the pepper and back off.

    If you use black pepper, the pet may sneeze and eyes will tear, but that’s about it. If you use cayenne pepper, it will irritate and burn their nose for a few days and basically stings more. Soon, those pets will be trained to stay away from your yard in order to avoid the burning-nose sensation, long after the pepper’s worn off from your lawn.

    This works primarily on animals that sniff the areas they’re about to soil, like dogs. Cats are a little harder to scare off, but usually just keeping your lawn from feeling like or having sand or grit-like surfaces will keep cats, bunnies, gerbils, hamsters, etc. from defecating on your lawn.

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  41. October 10, 2007 at 3:11 pm, Guest said:

    Again, allowing your cat to go outside is a very bad idea. I have worked in three cat hospitals as a technician and in a shelter. Outdoors there are diseases, predators and human issues such as cars and (unfortunately) people who like to hurt cats. Your cat may love to go outside but if you want your cat to have a life at all, I suggest you keep your baby indoors. Afterall, you wouldn’t let your human child eat only candie bars, even if he “lived” for them. Because you know the harm is not worth it. The same is true here.

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  42. October 10, 2007 at 3:19 pm, Guest said:

    First of all, just because your cat did not have those issues does not mean it’s “rubbish.”

    75% of cats surrendered to shelters for inappropriate urination are declaws. I would guess there is a similar statistic with respect to declaws being aggressive cats. Declaws can become biters, which is far more dangerous and painful than a scratch or two. A declaw mimicks scratching because they have an innate need to scratch.

    Declawing involves amputation of the top of their toes, which is the part of the toe cats walk on. As a result, they need to relearn to walk. Declawing is inhumane and unnecessary. I have FIVE cats and none are declawed and I work with them so that scratching is not a problem. Provide a scratching post, patiently train them, and use soft paws or sticky paws if you continue to have an issue.

    You wouldn’t take your human child’s teeth out if he bit a classmate. Same applies here. There is a reason why declawing is illegal in most civilized nations. And if your vet is telling you that it is fine, keep in mind that declawing is a serious money-maker. That is their only motivation for white-washing this deplorable practice.

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  43. October 10, 2007 at 3:21 pm, Guest said:

    AMEN!! I was a vet tech myself. It’s all true.

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  44. October 23, 2007 at 5:12 pm, Guest said:

    I recently got a complaint that I was not picking up after my dog’s poo and I don’t really know how to respond to it. Honestly, I don’t stay at my apartment at night and my dog goes in the morning at my boyfriend’s house, so when is it that I am not picking up after him? He DOES tinkle in the pet area but he does not poo there- and when he does I DO walk my butt all the way over to the poop can and throw it away. Should I explain that? I don’t really have proof that I pick up his poo, but how would they have proof that I don’t? There are at least 5 or 6 people in my building that have yorkies so… why assume it’s my dog? They want to charge me a fine of $50 for “breaking the terms of my lease”…… which I will obviously not pay…. but how do I explain that it’s not him?

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  45. November 26, 2007 at 11:43 pm, Guest said:

    Change his diet – try Science Diet Hairball formula, it really keeps my cats shedding to a minimal.

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  46. December 12, 2007 at 8:43 pm, Guest said:

    I work at a vet clinic and have to say that they do not use lasers I am not aware of any Procedure in veterinary medicine that uses lasers. Although it is relatively quick it is painful and they do get meds for it it is still something that should be seriously considered and only done if absolutely needed.

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  47. January 08, 2008 at 12:11 am, Guest said:

    get a restraining order. also most apartmet complex have a no harrassment policy. go to coporate with the complaint, unless its privately owned.

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  48. January 15, 2008 at 11:00 am, Guest said:

    Move, or just have a heart-to-heart talk with the b—- & tell her to shut her d— mouth! Some people just always have something to complain about! HOW IRRITATING!!!!

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  49. January 15, 2008 at 11:04 am, Guest said:

    Get a dog anyway! If managers can’t discriminate against you because you’re a certain race, definately do not let them do it on the subject of having a dog!!

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  50. January 20, 2008 at 8:54 am, Guest said:

    my cat lived to go outside and he lived till he was 18. Cats are animals and need fresh air. unless the cat was brought up an indoor cat i think it should be allowed to go outside. you cannot change a cats ways when they are 11 years old. good luck on the problem…..hopefully there can be a compromise as was written about the balcony.

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  51. January 26, 2008 at 9:15 am, Guest said:

    Don’t explain anything. Someone has nothing better to do. You are doing everything correctly.

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  52. February 14, 2008 at 10:40 am, Guest said:

    I have been living at an apartment complex for the last 5 years. I paid my pet deposit and now because 5 out of 100 people living there have not and their dogs are running around and pooping everywhere we have to get rid of our animals what are our rights as pet owners.

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  53. February 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm, Guest said:

    It’s also a great idea to use double sided tape on sheets of paper that are lightly stuck down to the window sills (so you can remove them without trouble before moving out). The cats HATE getting paws on tape, and will quickly move off the window sill. We used this training method in the baby crib before our baby was born (with our cat) and it worked wonders. Also works when sticking tape on the furniture (temporarily).

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  54. March 20, 2008 at 12:43 am, Guest said:

    Just tell them that it’s not you. At least they will have on record that you responded to the complaint. If you do not respond there is a good chance that they will assume you are the guilty party.

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  55. April 04, 2008 at 1:59 pm, Guest said:

    I just wanted to let you know that cayenne pepper IS harmfull and could Kill a puppy if they eat it. I have lived in my apartment for 3 years. I have two puppies I rescued. My one puppy ate some of it that my neighbor had spreed out all over and got very sick. She wouldn’t eat or drink anything so she had to have injections put in the back of her neck to help the severe dehydration. Take pain medication for the pain in her large intestion. It took a week untill she could eat a table spoon of food. If I didn’t catch this in time she would no longer be with me. To do this is a crime. you wouldn’t do it to your own child so why an animal? They are helpless and If there is a problem all you should do is talk to your neighbor about how you feel. But I will pray for all people who harm any animal. I just wanted to get the word out about the cyanenne pepper.

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  56. April 06, 2008 at 8:32 pm, Guest said:

    I have a rott/ german shepard mix. She really dosent even look like a rotttweiller or german sheapard besides her markings. Her body type isint like either one. I have been trying to find an apartment and have not had any luck at all! It seems that all the ones who do allow big dogs have restrictions on breeds. Which apperantly my dog is an “agreesive breed.” It is just very frustrating. If anyone can help me that would be wonderful! I live in the st louis area.

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  57. April 16, 2008 at 3:01 am, Anonymous said:

    I’m looking for a new place to live. I have an American Staffordshire Terrier. How can I find a place to rent that will allow this breed? He’s a well behaved dog. But as soon as I say what breed he is, I get told they won’t rent to me. How can I convince landlords that he’s not a vicious dog?

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  58. April 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm, Guest said:

    we moved into our apt a year and a half ago. when we moved in, we didn’t have a cat. however, i knew that we would soon – my boyfriend’s 12 year old cat from childhood who used to live with his mom. but we didn’t tell the land lord about this – we would an extra $20 added onto our rent! which to me, was bs. so we just moved him in. we are extremely clean people so it’s not like he’s making a huge mess the apartment will have to clean when we move out. anytime he has an accident, we shampoo the carpet. he’s also declawed, (not my doing) so he’s not scratching things up. not the most honest approach, but at least i feel a little better about the god awful squeaking ceiling that will never be fixed!

    funny thing is, the landlady and maintenance people have been in our apt. usually we just put the cat in another room and shut the door – but we always forget to put his toys, food dishes, litter box, etc… away! oops! but they’ve never said a word.

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  59. April 27, 2008 at 5:28 pm, Guest said:

    We moved in to a retirement coop about 6 months ago. we were told that we could have two pets. We have a cat and a dog. When the snow started melting, our neighbors noticed that we hadn’t picked up all the poop and they complained to the owners. We got a notice that we needed to do something or futher action would be taken. We got a pooper scooper and have since been very loyal pooper scoopers. Now they want to charge everybody here a pet deposit. I stated that the pets that are already here should be grandfathered in, but any pets after this should pay the deposit. He was very snide (I feel) with me and said that he would not allow that to happen. Of course at that time I told him I felt intimidated and also had to leave the meeting. Later that evening I found out I was elected chairman of the “pet deposit task force”. I’m going to my second meeting now to let them know I decline the nomination. I feel it was done out of spite anyway, but we’ll see. My question is, do they have the right to impose the pet deposit after the fact?

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  60. June 19, 2008 at 10:32 am, Guest said:

    It is going to be a difficult task because most apartments that are pet friendly have a list of dogs that are not allowed in the complex and that one is usually on the top of the list. I feel badly for your because I know how it is to love your family pet but you almost have to have a house to have that breed of dog in today’s society. Good luck to you.

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  61. June 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm, Guest said:

    That is terrible. I live in a complex that use to just allow cats and now they allow dogs, but only certain breeds and in certain buildings. But of course, tenants are abusing that and bringing dogs into all the buildings! It isn’t fair because I am paying monthly rent to have my cat and they get to have their dog for free. I am so afraid that next the complex will decide not to have pets at all because of this abuse. I knew right when they changed the pet rule that this would happen.

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  62. July 10, 2008 at 3:21 am, Guest said:

    I’m having the same problem right now and it is a pain. My Pitbull is the biggest baby you will ever meet and is well behaved but nobody wants to rent to me because of her breed. Did you ever find a place?

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  63. July 17, 2008 at 12:07 pm, Guest said:

    **********************GREAT TIP******************** I am in the process of moving into an apartment, there is a 350 dollar deposit for pets, and 15 dollars extra each month for each pet. I have two cats, so it is 30 dollars each month plus the deposit. The lady I worked with at the apartment told me that if I got a doctor note saying that my pets were purchased for medical reasons or just emotional support/companionship, then they will waive all charges. So my doctor is writing the note and I am saving a ton of money. She said most people dont know that but the apartment has to waive it if you have a dr. note.!!!!

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  64. July 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm, Guest said:

    I have had a TERRIBLE time in Columbus Ohio finding a place that allows my Dog. Alot of rentals agencies do not list on their site if they allow pets or not. It was such a pain and stressful hearing that “we do not allow pets”. So Discouraging trying to rent. I found pet friendly sites, Like stated in the article, have high deposits. Most of the time they are all large duplexes.

    I recently just came across a newer site in the area. http://www.columbuspetrentals.com They list individual landlords, and I believe there is no cost involved. I wish there were more of these helpful resources when I move next!

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  65. August 05, 2008 at 11:32 pm, Guest said:

    You’re on dangerous turf–it’s still a big, inarguable breach of your rental agreement, and if you’re caught, it could be hard to find another place. Definitely not going to get a good reference… What if they have to come unexpectedly in for a plumbing or electrical issue, and Mr. Cat greets them at the door? That happened to me…figures, he’s too scared of any visitor to be nice but walks right up to the landlord with his paw out : ( Or what if the place changes hands and the new owner is a terror about pets? Owners are understandably bitter. You might be wise to talk to the LL as if you’re just getting the cat, and since you’re good clean tenants, he may just ask for the deposit and waive the rent thing.

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  66. August 14, 2008 at 8:38 pm, Guest said:

    Might I point out that being nicer about your to declaw or not to declaw opinion, things might go better?

    My family is for the most part a dog family. We have to and they’re the absolute loves of our lives. That said, we’ve had cats over the years. My dad had one in college and in my opinion she was the best cat ever. About ten years ago a stray had kittens in our garage- four of them. We found homes for three and decided to keep the last one.

    Bailey is declawed- I was only nine at the time so I can say I had no part of the decision making. I can also say that I’m not sure of my stance on the issue. I see that there are valid reasons for concern. At the same time, I have a very happy and well adjusted cat at home with no claws. Now, he’s strictly indoor and only gets out a couple times a year. Still, he’s got quite a happy life. Other than having to deal with a couple crazy dogs anyhow.

    In any case, I’m sure we can all agree that much worse things happen to cats than declawing. There are people in this world who are intentionally cruel and abusive towards them, isn’t that more important than whether or not a loving cat parent declaws?

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  67. August 14, 2008 at 8:58 pm, Guest said:

    When I went to college in Charlotte, NC I rented an apartment. At first I went without my beloved mutt Mollie [originally from Michigan] but that turned out to be too difficult. So after a couple of months she joined me. The apartment I lived in was really nice about it. There was a $300 nonrefundable pet fee and $15 extra per month but I see the reason behind it and Mol is well worth the extra cash.

    Since then we’ve moved back to Michigan. I live in a small town here and it was IMPOSSIBLE to find pet friendly housing. Everywhere I looked had NO PETS! Now, we only have one commercial apartment complex and everything else is privately owned. Thankfully, my mom and dad own a rental house. Once the previous renters vacated, I moved in. They know and love my dog so it’s no problem.

    I’m moving back to Charlotte next year and I’ve started researching apartments again. It seems that most places let you have dogs with the usual fee/deposit and extra rent.

    It really bugs me that people sneak their animals in! I pay alot of money to be able to have my dog, why shouldn’t other people? I only ever had one issue with my dog and another tenant. It was pouring buckets and she needed to poo, so I let her out and watched her from under the stairwell. I watched where she went and planned on picking it up in the AM. Before I got to it, my neighbor’s show did. He was upset, which I understand [though he was a jerk who stared at females way too much!] and I’m usually really good about cleaning up her messes. I think it’s important and people who don’t give us all a bad name.

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  68. January 02, 2009 at 4:30 pm, Guest said:

    Help I can’t seem to find an answer,My mom had a stroke a while back and I and her Dr. feel that a therapy dog would help her so much, however her landlady doesn’t allow pets. Is there any way around this with letter written from her Dr. stated the medical necessity for the dog?

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  69. January 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm, Guest said:

    My concern is not moving in its the surprize when I move out. I get a bill or have several times for carpets etc.
    when I know I have not left a big mess the community decided to just change everything out. and charge me.
    claiming they have pictures.
    The last time I moved out and called back and asked before I recieved any surprize notices. Is everything ok. No problems with conditions ( I was very specific) Oh yes mame it is all looking fine. great so I should get my deposit 300. back oh yes mame. great!!!
    Two months later the Apt Manager calls me telling she would turn my charges over to a colection agency ????
    what I tried to talk to them but there was no give and when I told them I had spoke to several employees there to make sure it was ok. it really made no difference

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  70. February 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm, pet lover said:

    i have 2 cats and 2 dogs i have a bird to but my dogs are 9 and 51 lb and my cats are 9 and 10 lb

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  71. February 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm, pet lover said:

    i have 2 dogs 2 cats and 1 bird and my cat are 9 and 10 lb and 8 10 years old and i have 2 do 51 and 9 lb and 7 and 17 years old and helthy and well tranid woud it be hard for me to find a apartment in Michigan

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  72. June 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm, Melyssa said:

    We’ve had a tenant we’ve rented to for about a year (we live in the big part of the house and rent out a small 2nd floor apartment). We have 2 cats, and have had them through many years of tenants. Today, our tenant came to me fuming about cat claw marks on the hood of his red 1985 camaro (he said he just got a new paint job). He claims he is sure it is our black cat, even though there are lots of other cats on the neighborhood. We’ve never had problems with cat claw marks on our own hoods, and neither have any of our past tenants. Any thoughts? We don’t have anything about this in our lease as this is not something we’ve come up against yet. Does anyone think we are legally responsible to take care of the claw marks? Any suggestions on how to keep this from happening? We all know cats like warm engines!

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