Most Chicago 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. One of the fastest ways to lose your security deposit is through 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. To increase the chances of getting your security deposit back when you own a pet, you have to minimize pet damage. Here are some ideas so you can 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. To protect your rental house, you will need to keep scratching behaviors away from the floors and walls. One way is to provide scratching pads and posts for cats. This will keep them from scratching other surfaces. Reinforce your cat’s use of the scratching pad or post with pheromone sprays or 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. Regular exercise helps manage your dog’s energy as well as curb his chewing habits. Mental stimulation is just as important. A smart dog will appreciate it when you teach him tricks to keep him occupied.
Proper Potty Training
Housebreaking your dog is critical if you want to protect your rental home from damage. The urine of both cats and dogs is very destructive and can damage walls, floors, and other things. It would help if your dog is allowed access to a yard during the day. Give your cats litter boxes and clean the litter every day as well. If there are still spots and accidents in your house, you might want to bring your pet to a veterinarian. Some pets may have physical conditions that make them lose control of their bodily functions, many of which can be corrected with appropriate treatment. Clean any potty mess in the house with a good quality enzymatic cleaner. This type of cleaner not only eliminates odors, it also discourages your pet from using the area again in the future.
There are some pets that tend to feel anxious whenever they are left 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. This means you have to go through the same motions in the same order every time you leave. Equally important is to not make it a big deal when you leave or come back. Giving affection only when your dog is calm will reinforce this behavior and will reduce the intensity of his excitement the next 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. At the same time, you will also have a happy and healthy pet.
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