Respect Your Neighbours: 6 Tips for living with pets

Apr 02, 2019

Having a pet doesn’t mean that your place has to be chaotic or smell like them. Keeping your home smelling fresh and looking clean will make your friends and neighbours happy. Timbercreek Communities has 6 tips on how to get rid of unpleasant smells when living with pets.


A Good Vacuum

Buy a good vacuum. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be strong enough to suck up all that cat or dog hair that's undoubtedly lying around your apartment. Try this Cordless Handheld Vacuum or something a little more heavy duty like the Bissel Pet Rewind. You should vacuum regularly, and that includes vacuuming your furniture -- especially if your pets love to take naps there. For a deep clean, wash all the covers regularly to kill all the bacteria.

Self-Cleaning Litter Box

Cleaning your pet’s litter box can be a hassle. To make your life easier, invest in a self-cleaning litter box. One litter tray can last up to 30 days and there is no scooping required. All you have to do is empty the tray. It also comes with special litter crystals which control odour better by absorbing the liquids faster.

Designated Spot

Create a special spot for your dog to hang out. By designating an area just for them, you can focus on one area when it comes time to clean up and deodorize. The easiest way to do this is to purchase a doggy bed. Something soft and cozy will be perfect and your dog will love it. You can also set boundaries by using a baby gate, which can be folded and moved around wherever you want.

A Relaxing Environment

Your neighbors will appreciate you keeping your pets happy and well behaved when they’re home. To pull it off, creating a relaxing environment is important. First of all, make sure they always have easy access to water and food. Secondly, designate a spot for your pet where they can get a good view of their surroundings. Knowing where you are can be comforting. And finally, don’t forget playtime -- especially if your pets spend most of their time indoors.


This might seem obvious, but pets need plenty of exercise. Some of them, like dogs, have a lot of energy and they need to be exhausted each day so that they can come home from their walk or playtime and just relax. This usually requires taking them out for longer and more frequent walks. If you can manage it, you won’t have an anxious pet with unwelcome behaviour patterns.

Living with pets doesn’t have to be messy or a lot of work. By putting these 6 tips into practice, Timbercreek Communities hopes you can live in harmony with your pet and create a comfortable and clean home that both you and your neighbours will appreciate.

To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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