Most Manhattan renters understand that having a pet in a rental house is a very big responsibility. Not only do you have to keep your pet safe and healthy, but you also have to keep your rental home safe from pet damage as well. One of the fastest ways to lose your security deposit is through pet damage. Even when your landlord lets you keep a pet, you would still have to return their property in good condition once you move out. If you keep a pet, you will need to minimize pet damage if you want to get your security deposit back. What’s good is that, with these tips, you can keep your beloved animal from causing major damage to your rental home.
Keep Claws Busy
Scratching is a natural habit for cats and some other household pets. But to protect your rental house, you have to keep scratching behaviors away from floors and walls. If you have cats, give them a scratching pad or post. Even a simple, inexpensive item can prevent them from scratching other surfaces. Cats are drawn to scratching pads or posts but you can also encourage its use by using pheromone sprays and wipes.
Keep Boredom at Bay
Boredom is one of the most common reasons a dog will bite or chew on walls, doors, and other household surfaces. If your dog seems to want to chew on everything, it might need more exercise or playtime. Regularly exercising your dog will help release his energy and will lower the amount of chewing he does. Mental stimulation is important as well. Teach your smart dog some tricks to keep him occupied. This will also help strengthen your bond.
Proper Potty Training
Housebreaking your dog is an important part of keeping your rental home free from lasting damage. The urine of both cats and dogs is very destructive and can damage walls, floors, and other things. Let your dog have yard access during the day if possible. For cats, make sure you have at least one litter box, and keep the litter clean every day. Take your pet to a visit to the veterinarian if you still find spots and accidents in the house. There are certain physical conditions that may cause your pet to have less control over their bodily functions. Many of these can be corrected with treatment. Clean any potty mess in the house with a good quality enzymatic cleaner. Cleaners such as these are designed to not just eliminate odors but to encourage your pet to avoid the same area the next time he feels the need to go.
A lot of pets feel severe anxiety when they are left alone at home. Dogs may become agitated and may bark, jump, or chew on blinds, doors, and even carpet. It is important to work with your pet to reduce or eliminate such behaviors if ever you will be leaving your pet at home alone for hours every day. Separation anxiety can be managed by creating a routine. This means you have to go through the same motions in the same order every time you leave. Don’t make such a big deal out of leaving or coming back. Waiting until your dog is calm before giving him affection will train him to reduce the intensity of his excitement when he meets you at the door.
Use these strategies to prevent damage to your rental house and get your full security deposit, all while keeping your pet happy and healthy.
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