Leading the Kingdom: How to Manage Multiple Pets in Your Apartment

Mediating quarrels between pets is time consuming, tiring, and dangerous. The good news is that there are some simple solutions to this big problem. Below are 5 tips to help you on your quest for familial bliss.

Image Credit: maplegirlie

Image Credit: maplegirlie

Crate Training

While you might feel like you’re imprisoning your pets, dogs actually benefit from crate training. A dog feels safe and protected when he has his own space, and it satisfies his need to be territorial – which will limit food and toy aggregation. Give each dog his own kennel. Cats also like to have crates, but they prefer an open-door policy to come and go with litter box access.

1-on-1 Time

In a multiple-pet home, vying for extra pats and scratches can get a little tiresome, and nobody wants to feel neglected. Make sure you take time each day to give individual love and attention to each of your pets. The simple things can make a big difference.

Image Credit: fenix27es

Image Credit: fenix27es

Hiding Spots

Animals create natural hierarchies. Sometimes they upset each other by breaking rank, in which case they need to get away from the scene. These conflicts are natural, especially when you multiple pets. You can help placate everyone by providing cozy hiding spots around your home.

Staying Stylish

When you live in a small space with animals, it is harder to keep things organized and looking spiffy. You might decide to surrender your good taste to your pets’ needs and let your decorating fall by the wayside, but hold on a minute. Instead of having massive dog beds strewn about in patterns that only a grandmother could love, visit Ikea to pick up stylish, cheap pillows and throws that pets can lounge on.

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