Most Charleston renters understand that having a pet in a rental house is a very big responsibility. You have to keep your pet safe and healthy, but you also have to keep your rental home safe from damage your pet may cause. A lot of renters lose their security deposit because of pet damage. Even if your landlord agrees to you keeping a pet, they will still want their property returned in good condition as soon as you move out. You will have to minimize your pet damage if you want to ensure that you get your security deposit back as you live with your pet. These suggestions will help keep your beloved animal from causing lasting damage to your rental home.
Keep Claws Busy
Scratching is a natural habit for cats and some other household pets. But to protect your rental house, you have to keep scratching behaviors away from floors and walls. Give your cat a scratching pad or post. You can get something inexpensive for your cat to keep them from scratching other surfaces. Cats are drawn to scratching pads or posts but you can also encourage its use by using pheromone sprays and wipes.
Keep Boredom at Bay
Boredom is one of the most common reasons a dog will bite or chew on walls, doors, and other household surfaces. A dog that keeps chewing on everything usually needs more exercise and playtime. Dogs expend their pent up energy when they have regular exercise. This will help reduce the amount of chewing he does. Mental stimulation is also as important. Teach your smart dog some tricks to keep him occupied. This will also help strengthen your bond.
Proper Potty Training
Another way to protect your rental home from damage is by housebreaking your dog. Dog and cat urine are very destructive and can really damage walls, floors, and a lot more! It would help if your dog is allowed access to a yard during the day. Provide litter boxes for your cats and keep the litter clean every day. Bring your pet to the veterinarian if you still notice spots and accidents in the house. Pets may have physical conditions that cause them to lose control of their bodily functions, most of which can be addressed with the right treatment. Clean up potty messes in the house with a good enzymatic cleaner. This type of cleaner not only eliminates odors, it also discourages your pet from using the area again in the future.
Some pets feel a lot of anxiety when they are left at home alone. Dogs may become agitated and may bark, jump, or chew on blinds, doors, and even carpet. It is important to work with your pet to reduce or eliminate such behaviors if ever you will be leaving your pet at home alone for hours every day. Separation anxiety can be managed with routines. Whenever you leave, go through the same motions in the same order. Equally important is to not make it a big deal when you leave or come back. Give your dog affection only when he calms down and you will notice that the intensity of his excitement will reduce every time he greets you at the door.
With these strategies, you can prevent damage to your rental house and get your full security deposit back, all while also giving your pet a happy and healthy life.
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