Finding a pet-friendly hotel or B&B is easier than ever before these days. But what about when it’s time to move house entirely? Lots of landlords and co-op buildings prohibit dogs (because of barking/damage), cats (permanent effects of cat pee), or pets above a certain size; other apartment complexes limit tenants to a single approved pet, and dorms generally cap pet ownership at dwarf-hamster-size or smaller, if they allow furry friends at all. (NYU, for example, permits fish in a tank smaller than ten gallons, and that’s it.)
Looking for a new apartment is stressful enough without thinking you’ll have to hide Tigger in the dishwasher (or worse, leave her behind – a study by the National Council on Pet Population and Research found that moving was the most common reason owners gave up their dogs, and the third most common reason they gave up their cats). Avoid the agita and get a new home you all can enjoy with these 7 tips:
- Get started early. It can take time to find the right home at the right price – and even longer if you’re trying to please two cats as well. Allow an extra couple of weeks just in case; if you have a more challenging arrangement – more than two pets, a very large dog, an intimidating or misunderstood breed like a Pit Bull, or an exotic pet – you may want to give yourself an extra month.