Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2013

Finding Harmony in an Apartment with a Dog and Cat


The old belief that cats and dogs simply don’t get along is patently false, as many pet parents have proven that the pets can live in harmony with one another in a home. However, if you’re about to move to the city and will be in a smaller apartment with both animals, you may need to adjust your new home’s interior design to suit the needs of both of your pets. Here are a few ways to get started and help speed both pets’ transitions into your new abode.

Create cat-specific zones – Being able to separate your cat’s primary domain from your dog’s is a major consideration, even if they get along swimmingly. Cats are arboreal creatures and like to look down on an environment from a tall perch, so keep this in mind when planning out your apartment. Consider incorporating a few floating wall shelves on your walls and make sure they are within jumping distance between the tops of bookcases and other furnishings. When your cat needs some alone time, he or she will be able to retreat to a high spot and hang out for a while.

Separate the litter box – As much as we may not want to believe it, dogs have no issues dipping into your cat’s litter box in search of food, which could lead to a variety of digestive problems. If you have a small closet or another spot in your home that’s tucked away from your main living space, consider adding a small door that only your cat can fit through to store the box. This will allow your cat to do his or her business in peace and keep it away from your curious canine.

Create a variety of sleeping spots – When you’re choosing the perfect dog bed for your canine, you should also consider what types of sleep spots your cat will use as well. While most cats are happy to sleep just about anywhere, you should pick up an extra bed for your cat as well to prevent any fights over territory in your apartment. Additionally, you can also leave out a few cardboard boxes or paper bags for your cat to enjoy and provide an additional space for him or her to relax.

Last but not least, MovingToday.com suggests separating both food bowls and sleeping spaces in your apartment to prevent the animals from dipping into one another’s food and avoid any issues over the pets’ specific domains.

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