COMMON CAT CONCERNS IN A RENTAL
If you have a pet friendly apartment that allows you to move in with your cat, then count your lucky stars. Many apartments and houses do not allow pets of any kind due to the many issues that can come with owning a pet. Even if you are allowed to bring your cat into your rental, there are several concerns that you need to be aware of. Do your part to be a good cat owner as well as a good tenant by always cleaning up after your cat, no matter what.
Cat Friendly Cleaning
One of the biggest concerns for tenants and landlords is the question of cleanliness. While cats are generally considered one of the cleanest pets and spend a great deal of their life grooming themselves like teenage girls, they still can make a mess. Urinating on the carpet or nice wood furniture, leaving hair balls everywhere and throwing up are three very common cat concerns.
Cats like to mark their territory which means you may come home to urine stains on all four walls of the apartment. Make sure you clean up the mess with carpet solutions as soon as possible to avoid an unwanted smells or permanent stains. This also holds true for any vomit, which, unfortunately, is a common side effect for cats.
Make it a habit to vacuum your home at least twice a week when living with a cat. Cat hair can end up everywhere and will stick to the carpet. This can lead to allergy problems down the road and can leave the rental looking dirtier than it is.
Keeping Kitty Safe
Another common concern for cats in rentals is the question of safety. Cats are cunning little things that may try to escape if the opportunity presents itself. And, while people say that cats have nine lives and that they land on their feet, no matter what, this is most likely not going to hold true if your cat falls from a 12 story building. If you are living in a high rise apartment or even in an area that is not fenced off, you need to be sure that all windows and doors are properly shut at all times to avoid any attempted breakouts.
Not only is falling from a high rise a problem for cats but so are cars. Cats are fast but vehicles are faster. If your cat is hit by a car, even at a slow speed, it will most likely be fatal. Even if he does live, you will be paying a large sum of money for veterinary bills and possible surgical costs. It's best not to risk it by always ensuring your cat is safely locked up inside.
Another concern are other animals if you are living outside the city. While a cougar, coyote or bear will probably not attack your cat from the fifth floor of an apartment, there is a potential for an animal attack in suburbs close to bush land. Keep unwanted animals away by always shutting your garbage bins, shutting the doors in your house and keeping your yard as clean as possible.
However, cats will be cats and most enjoy exploring, especially at night. If you do have a backyard then it is safe to let your cat outside as long as he knows where home is. Letting your cat outside for an hour or so is fine but most cat owners will not let them out all night, unless they are willing to accept the fact that the cat may not come back. This is a common cat concern in a rental.