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Tips for Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy in Small Spaces

Tenant Playing with Her Cat and Dog in a Small PortlandYou know space matters if you’re a pet parent living in a small Portland rental home. It might be challenging to find enough room for your furry friend to run and play, let alone store their supplies. However, with a little creativity and some helpful tips, you can keep your pet happy and healthy in even the smallest of spaces! This blog post will go over how to make the most out of your small living situation regarding pets.

Give your pet plenty of outside time.

If you have a yard, that’s fantastic! Make sure your pet spends some quality time out there. If not, try to take your pet for walks around the block or to a nearby park. Dog parks are also suitable venues to allow your dog room to run and enjoy time socializing. Getting some fresh air and exercise will do wonders for their health and happiness – and yours!

Make time for playtime.

A bored pet is more prone to get into trouble; therefore, it is critical to keep their minds active. What your pet loves more than anything is to have fun playing with you! This is particularly critical if your pet doesn’t have much room to run around indoors or if your pet is clever. Intelligent pets tend to get bored more easily. However, irrespective of what sort of pet you have, you can keep your pet healthy and active by playing engaging, active games.

Invest in a good scratching post and indoor toys.

If your pet is going to be spending most of their time indoors, it’s important to provide them with plenty of ways to stay entertained. A good scratching post will help keep cats’ claws healthy and give them something to scratch besides your furniture! Cats also enjoy places to climb and explore, mostly near a window. For dogs, indoor toys like puzzle feeders and Kongs can also help keep their minds active and prevent boredom.

Train your pet early on.

A well-trained pet is more likely to be well-behaved and create less damage to your rental home. If you have a new puppy or kitten, start training them immediately on things such as potty training, chewing, and scratching. It’s also advisable to give your pet a pleasant sleeping area all their own and train them to go to it on command. This can help keep them out from underfoot when coming in, going out the door, or having guests.

Give your pet plenty of love and attention.

This one goes without saying, but it’s the essential thing you can do for your pet! Notwithstanding how huge or small your living space is, give your furry friend sufficient love and affection. They’ll return the favor by being loyal and loving companions. They’ll also be happier and healthier for it!


While it is feasible to keep a pet happy and healthy in a tiny home, another solution would be to trade up for something a little larger. If you’re ready for additional room for both you and your pet, contact our office to talk with one of our Portland property managers. We can assist you in locating a right-sized rental home you and your pet will love.

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