Statistics show that in 2021 68% of United States households owned pets. While owning pets can bring joy to your life, not everyone is charmed by their furry faces.
Some people just don't prefer to share their dwelling space with cats or dogs even if they might enjoy petting them from time to time. Read along as we help you figure out what to do when your roommate isn’t a pet lover!
Rooming with someone else already comes with enough challenges. We have some ideas for you to keep peace and still live harmoniously when it comes to your pet. Setting boundaries, keeping clean, and covering costs are great places to start, so keep reading to learn more!
Communication breakdowns are the cause of ending many relationships, remaining the number one reason for divorce in America. You and your roommate need to be upfront and clear about boundaries involving your pet if you're going to have a successful living situation. Answer questions like:
- Where is your pet going to sleep?
- Where is your cat's litter box going to go?
- What areas are off-limits for your pet?
- Are they allowed on the furniture?
Take the time to talk through whatever may be specific to you and your roommate. Understand that there are going to have to be compromises. Otherwise, you and your pet may be better off finding another place.
Nobody wants to clean up messes they didn't make, especially when those messes involve poop. If you own a dog and he is having trouble adjusting to a move or you've adopted a puppy that needs to learn the rules, spend time teaching them or get them pet training.
Mind Body Paws has great online training that you can access from anywhere. Check them out if you're needing help.
If you own a cat instead of a dog, keep their litter box in your personal space unless you and your roommate have agreed on a common room area. Either way, scoop their litter box every single day to keep it from becoming a smelly mess.
Owners of either pet should be diligent in their vacuuming, mopping, and lint rolling. Little things like wiping their paws off after potty breaks or on rainy days will go a long way!
Don't expect your roommate to pay any additional fees that may occur because your apartment complex has rules. Many places require a pet deposit, and some add a monthly pet fee. This should come from your budget, not your roommates unless you have otherwise agreed.
Also, be prepared to replace things that your pet destroys. It's not your roommate's responsibility to replace a couch that your cat clawed or shoes your dog chewed.
Owning Pets in a Shared Space
Finally, dog owners and cat owners should listen to what their roommate has to say. Keep that open line of communication and be willing to work on things that your roommate brings up. Neither of you should be uncomfortable as you're both paying to live in your home.
As long as you are both clear about what you're needing, you should have a great partnership in the end. For more information about owning pets, continue reading in our blog section!