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Guide To Renting With Pets

Apartment living has its advantages, including being able to live with your furry companion. Sharing an apartment with a pet can be rewarding, but you should plan for special considerations. At 48 West, we welcome pet-owners with these tips for renting with pets.

Dealing With Pet Noises

Whether they’re rooming together, living as neighbors, or sharing a study lounge at their GVSU off campus housing, renters show respect to each other by keeping their noise levels down. But animals don’t necessarily abide by customs of courteousness.

At any time, day or night, pets might yap, yowl, squawk or bark. These noises are disruptive and can lead to grievances between roommates or neighbors. But there are ways renters can help their pets be quiet and content.

Female Renter & Her Dog In An Off Campus Student Apartment In Allendale, MI


Dogs are often larger than cats and thus require more room to move around. When dogs feel cooped up, they become hyperactive and boisterous which can lead to noise complaints from neighbors in the apartments beside or below yours. When dogs have the exercise they need — two walks per day are recommended — they are more inclined to stay quiet and happy indoors. At 48 West, we’ve found that having a dog park on the grounds of our GVSU housing has made renting with pets much easier for students.


Because of their size and independent nature, cats make great pets for apartment dwellers. But cats also can be noisy creatures. Keep in mind that when your pet makes a noise, it’s trying to tell you something. Many cats whine incessantly not to be nuisances but rather because they’re hungry, playful or want attention. You can try to quiet your noisy feline by putting out extra food and water. If that doesn’t work, set aside a few minutes for playtime before you leave for class and after you return each day.

Protect Your Apartment From Pet Stains

Since renters assume financial responsibility for damage to their apartments, pet stains can be expensive. But as much as renters try to prevent stains, accidents happen. If the carpet in your apartment becomes stained, act quickly. Use a paper towel to remove the bulk of the stain. Hot soap and water often eliminate the rest, although having carpet cleaner on-hand is smart, as well. If you encounter an older stain that eluded detection, use an enzyme cleaner to dissolve the stain. Blot the area with a paper towel, and apply pet odor neutralizer once the floor dries.

How To Find A Local Veterinarian

When you live with a pet, you aren’t the only one who should find a doctor in the area. If you’re moving your pet away from its current veterinarian, here are a few tips to find a new one.

First, ask whether your pet’s previous veterinarian recommends any colleagues in the vicinity of your apartment. If not, consult your animal-owning friends about the veterinarians they bring their pets to see. You can also look at online directories, but in addition to the office location, customer reviews, and payment options, check that the veterinarian’s office hours work around your class schedule.

Setting Boundaries With Roommates

In addition to your pet, you may be sharing the apartment with one roommate or several. Therefore, you want to avoid problems between your pet and your roommates. If you own a dog or cat already, ask your prospective roommates whether they mind living with your pet before you all sign the lease. If you’re contemplating bringing a pet into your apartment, ask your roommates beforehand; something as simple as a pet allergy could lead to a rift between roommates. To make sure pet-owners live with pet-friendly roommates, 48 West uses roommate-matching services.