Pets are amazing. They can provide companionship, reduce stress, and even help us make new human friends. But when you’re renting, living with a pet means you need to put some more thought into the situation. If you’ve ever thought about getting a pet, or already have one, here are four tips for renting with your animal roommate. 

1. Ask a fellow VIP.

Your fellow residents can be a great resource in your quest for the perfect pet. Those who have lived there for a while will likely be able to give you an idea of the types of animals that tend to thrive in the area. It’s also important to check with the city; sometimes, there are local government regulations regarding specific breeds or species. 

2. Choose a pet that matches your lifestyle.

It’s important to take an honest look at the type of lifestyle you lead. Are you an active jogger who needs a companion? Or are you looking for a friend to watch movies with in the evening? While each individual animal is different, some pets fit better into different lifestyles than others. If you spend a lot of time away from home, then you may need to pick a pet that is happy to wait around for you. For example, some dog breeds can be more prone to separation anxiety than others. 

3. Be responsible for your pet.

Your fellow VIPs, both those with and without pets, are counting on you to take good care of your little friend and to be considerate of others. For example, it’s important to keep your dog on a leash and to clean up after her. If you share walls with others, make sure that you either choose a quiet pet or train your pet to make minimal noise. Sometimes it takes time to teach a new or young pet to behave in an apartment. Talking to your neighbors can go a long way towards helping them understand that you’re working on helping your pet to fit in. 

4. Introduce your pet to others.

Pets help us socialize. They can be great icebreakers between fellow pet owners, but be sure not to leave out your petless peers. Non-pet owners might appreciate the chance to get some of the benefits of having a pet by interacting with yours. Plus, having others who care about your pet could come in handy should he/she ever escape! 

Living with a pet can be one of the best parts of life. As a renter, be sure you get the most out of the experience by asking your fellow VIPs for advice, choosing a pet that fits your lifestyle, being responsible, and introducing your pet to others. Do all this, and you may never want another roommate again!