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Tips for Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy in Small Spaces

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

Give your pet plenty of outside time.

If you have a yard, great! Ensure that your pet spends some quality time out there. If not, aim to take your pet for walks around the block or to a nearby park. Dog parks are also excellent areas for giving 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.

It is critical to keep their minds active since a bored pet is more prone to get into trouble. What your pet wants more than anything is to have fun playing with you! This is highly relevant if your pet doesn’t have much room to run around indoors or if your pet is gifted. Clever pets tend to get bored more easily. But regardless of what kind 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, make sure they have lots of ways to stay entertained. A nice scratching post can keep your cats’ claws healthy and give them something to scratch besides your furniture! Cats may also love places to climb and explore, primarily near a window. For dogs, indoor toys such as puzzle feeders and Kongs may keep their minds active and help them avoid boredom.

Train your pet early on.

A well-trained pet is more likely to be well-behaved and less prone to cause damage to your rental home. If you have a new puppy or kitten, begin training them at the earliest possible time on things including potty training, chewing, and scratching. It’s also recommended to provide your pet a cozy 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 it’s the most important thing you can do for your pet! No matter how big or small your living space is, give your furry friend plenty of love and attention. They’ll return the favor by being loyal and loving companions. They’ll also be happier and healthier for it!


While it is doable to keep a pet happy and healthy in a little home, another alternative would be to trade up for something a little larger. If you’re looking for additional space for both you and your pet, contact our office to chat with one of our Austin property managers. We can help you locate a right-sized rental home you and your pet will appreciate.

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