By Anne B
Hey, hey Ramblers! Happy Sunday! I hope you guys are having an amazing weekend! I am currently chilling in my apartment and anxiously waiting for the Game of Thrones series finale with Chester curled up next to me. Speaking of Chester, my cat, let’s talk a little bit about how living with a pet in an apartment has been going!
First of all, I love living with Chester. Living with a pet takes away a lot of anxiety and having a pet around is like having this happy, positive energy around the apartment. There’s a cuteness overload literally every single day. Even though everything is cute and joyful the majority of the time, there are a few, less happy, things that come with living with a pet. Now, since I live with a cat, I will be talking more cat-specific things. However, I’m sure other pet owners will relate to some of these issues.
Honestly, cleaning the litter box and around the litter box is one of my least favorite things to do. But, the two big things I’ve learned that make this task a little easier are: buy a bigger litter box and clean it out often.
Buying a bigger box is really helpful when you have multiple cats or a bigger cat (like I do). This means you don’t have to clean it out as often and your cat (s) will be happier because they can move around more easily when they do their little business.
Cleaning out the litter box often is important because if the litter box becomes too dirty, there’s a good chance your little companion will be upset and decide to do their business elsewhere. It doesn’t happen too often, but Chester will sometimes poop or pee outside of his litter box because it isn’t clean enough. How often you clean the litter box really depends on each situation and cat, but in my case, I clean it out every day. Occasionally, I skip a day because I’m too busy or lazy, and that’s alright.
All That Fur
There is fur literally everywhere. This is definitely hard for me seeing that I am allergic to cats and Chester has medium length fur, but I somehow still make it work. Vacuuming once a week is usually enough to get rid of most of the fur and litter around the apartment, but it definitely does add up quickly.
Another issue people who have pets with longer fur will run into is fur mats. Those pesky mats are so hard to avoid, even when you do brush your pet often. On top of that, your pet, especially cats, will not want to just sit still while you try to brush out those mats. It’s such a delicate procedure because you don’t want to hurt your pet with all the tugging, but you also know that you have to get the mats out or else they’ll irritate your pet.
Chester has a couple mats right now and I’ve been slowly but surely working at them by brushing him before every meal. This makes it a little easier for him as he knows he will get food after.
I think the biggest problem pet owners face is what to do with their pets when they go out of town. So far, I have been relying on one of my friends to watch Chester and it has been working out great! Chester really likes her and she likes him! Plus, it worked out nicely because she wants to adopt a cat eventually and watching Chester is good practice.
However, for longer trips, I don’t want to leave Chester in my empty apartment for so long, so I will have to find someone who is willing to take him into their house. I think one of my coworkers might be able to take him, and if not, there are always apps that connect you to pet-sitters or cat hotels. If I can’t get one of my coworkers to watch him while I’m in Vietnam, I will probably use the app Pawshake to find home boarding for Chester.
All in all, living with Chester is amazing and I’m so happy and lucky to have such a cute fluffball in my life. Even with the occasional hard tasks, living with a pet can be pretty easy as long as you pay attention to their needs, stay organized, and give them lots of love and cuddles, of course!