68% of American households have a pet, according to the most recent APPA Pet Ownership Survey. If you’re a pet owner, you likely treat your furry, feathered, or scaly friend as a member of your family. With our pets being such a big part of our lives, it’s important that our home search include amenities and features that support a pet-friendly lifestyle.
Close proximity to amenities can save you time. Such amenities may include a good veterinarian for routine care or emergencies, a pet store carrying favorite supplies, dog-friendly parks, and a groomer for toe nail trims and styling.
Home features promoting pet safety and comfort can reduce stress for them and you. Features to keep in mind when searching for your new home may include a fenced yard, a cat/dog door or place to install one, a cozy fireplace for cooler months, wide window seals for cat perching and a closet for a cat litter box.
Most importantly, check local ordinances and regulations for your chosen neighborhood that might affect their activities.