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Living in an apartment doesn't mean you have to compromise on creating a pet-friendly environment for your furry friends. In fact, with the right approach, you can ensure not only the happiness of your pets but also maintain a happy and healthy environment for you and your neighbors.

Residents at Hayden Flats, Bloomington, Indiana apartments, enjoy the luxury of a spacious apartment home and a pet-friendly community that makes life more fun for both residents and their pets. Here are some valuable tips for apartment renters on creating a pet-friendly living space that benefits both pets and neighbors alike.

Know Your Apartment's Pet Policy
Before bringing a pet into your apartment, it's important to understand and abide by your building's pet policy. Be aware of any size restrictions, breed restrictions, or additional fees associated with having a pet. This helps you start on the right foot and prevents potential issues down the road. Take a tour of Hayden Flats and ask us about our generous pet policy.

Create a Pet-Friendly Space
Designating an area within your apartment for your pet helps provide comfort and security and helps your pet establish a routine. This could be a cozy corner with their bed, toys, and food bowls.

Regular Exercise and Outdoor Time
Pets, especially dogs, need regular exercise and outside time. (Goldfish, not so much!) Regular exercise not only keeps your pet healthy but also minimizes any excessive barking or restlessness that could disturb neighbors. Explore nearby parks and dog-friendly areas, or even set up a small play area on your balcony. Switchyard Dog Park is less than a mile from Hayden Flats by way of the B-Line Trail.

Invest in Noise Reduction
Living in close quarters with neighbors means being mindful of noise levels. If you have a pet that barks (or squawks!), consider using noise reduction solutions like area rugs or even soundproof curtains. Dog obedience classes use positive reinforcement techniques that teach dogs healthy alternatives to barking. This helps create a more peaceful environment for both you and your neighbors.

Keep It Clean
Maintaining a clean, stain-free, and odor-free home is essential when living with pets. Regularly clean and vacuum your apartment to minimize pet dander and odors. If you have a cat, make sure the litter box is kept clean and in a discreet location. The hard flooring you’ll find in the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms at Hayden Flats is waterproof and easy to clean, making it ideal for residents living with pets.

Socialize Your Pet
Obedience classes can also help your pet become more comfortable around people and other animals by allowing them to socialize and rewarding good behavior. This can prevent excessive barking and aggression during walks or time spent in dog parks and other common areas. Even pets like cats and birds can become restless when left alone, so it’s a good idea to arrange for a pet sitter, friend, or neighbor to stop by and give them some attention if you’re going to be away for an unusually long time.

Communicate with Neighbors
Open communication is key to living in harmony with your neighbors. Let your neighbors know about your pet and encourage them to share any concerns they might have. Living in a community like Hayden Flats offers the opportunity to meet new people with pets and schedule walks or other outdoor activities together.

Prepare for the Unexpected
In case of emergencies or unexpected situations, have a plan for your pet. Ensure you have the necessary supplies, know the location of the nearest veterinary clinic, and have contact information for a pet sitter or neighbor who can assist if needed.

Making space in your life and your home for a pet can be an incredibly peaceful and rewarding experience as long as you follow some simple guidelines for keeping everyone comfortable. If you and your furry (or feathered, or scaly!) friend are looking for a new place to call home, take a look at Hayden Flats, Bloomington, IN apartments for rent. Our pet policy combined with our spacious units, luxury community, and many nearby outdoor spaces makes this an ideal place to live for animal lovers. Call our leasing office at (844) 518-1144 to schedule a tour.