Tips for Living in a High-Rise Apartment with Pets

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Pets are family. This means they come with you everywhere you go, including a luxury apartment community. It’s essential to keep in mind their needs and the rules of the apartment community, so you don’t risk eviction, and your pet is well taken care of.

Here are the best 11 tips for having a pet in a high rise.


Managing the noise your pet makes in a dog-friendly apartment community can be tricky, but it’s something you should work on with your pet. The most common complaint about pets from neighbors is the noise they make. Your pet may seem well behaved while you are home, but their behavior when you leave could be a different story. Leave your apartment for a few minutes and have someone walk by your door to see if outside noises trigger your dog to bark. Some bark due to outside noises, others because they need to use the bathroom, or maybe even separation anxiety. Understanding what causes your dog to bark will help you find a fix for the noise to reduce or eliminate noise complaints from neighbors. 

Cats are less likely to cause noise complaints than dogs, but they are notorious for knocking things off shelves and countertops, which can create quite a ruckus for your neighbors. 

Renter’s Insurance

One of the most common mistakes people make when reviewing their renter’s insurance is not including pet damage. Review your policy and make sure pet damages are covered. Even the best-behaved animals can accidentally cause damage! Ensure your policy covers damage to the unit or other people’s property. 

Realistic Expectations

You can’t keep a Great Dane or a Rottweiler in a high-rise. Not only are those breeds most likely banned by the luxury apartment community, but big dogs like that need a lot of room to run and move. Big dogs don’t do well in small spaces like pet-friendly apartments, which could result in destructive behavior if they feel cooped up for too long. High energy dogs are also not a good fit for apartment living. They can get bored and start destroying the unit while you are away, leaving you with the damage you’ll have to repair. Smaller, mellow dogs are perfect for a luxury apartment community. 

Talk to the Landlord

The most important thing to do for having a pet in a high-rise is to communicate with your landlord. You’ll want to know what fees are associated with having a pet in the unit and whether they are a one-time fee or a monthly charge for your pet. It’s also essential to make sure the breeds of your pet fall within the rules of the luxury apartment community. Honesty is the best policy, and lying about the breed of your pet so that you can get them into your apartment will only lead to trouble and eviction when the truth comes out. 


Just like humans need boosters every so often, pets do too. You may be required to show proof of vaccines for your landlord to allow your pet into the unit. This helps ensure the safety of your pet and the people and pets around you. The last thing any pet owner wants is a flea infestation in their apartment. Preventative care is the best course of action for parasites. Keep your pet up to date on all parasite prevention as well, so you can avoid unnecessary expenses treating infestations. 


Having a routine for your pup will help him, or her adjust to the small space. Have a set time for feeding, walking, and playing. Your dog will get used to the schedule, and their internal clock won’t have them waking you all hours of the night for their needs. 


Leash laws are for the safety of the public, including you and your pet. Whenever your dog leaves the apartment, it should be on a leash. Even dogs trained to stay beside their owner can occasionally get spooked and runoff. This can lead to injuries or even death if they happen to run into the road, or your pet may go missing. Be courteous of everyone around you and leash your pet whenever you are outside. 

Clean it Up

Smells can go from unit to unit in a high-rise. If you are a cat owner, it is critical to keep their litter box cleaned well. Bag up old litter and dispose of it promptly, so the smell doesn’t linger. Dander can also travel, which could present problems for those allergic to pets, so make sure you vacuum consistently. It’ not secret that ants and other bugs love pet food. Open bags are an invitation for all sorts of pests to make a meal of your pet’s diet. Seal your pet’s food in a container to prevent this issue. 


Cats especially have no fear of heights and love perching up high. This could spell disaster for your furry friend if they are napping on the balcony and teeter off! Provide a safe place inside for your pet to nap and get a view. 

Pick Up

Since dogs don’t go in a litter box, they have to go elsewhere, and that is usually a shared, grassy space within the luxury apartment community. Your neighbors don’t want to walk through the grass and step in your dog’s waste. Be considerate of others who use the area and clean up after your pet! 

Make Time

Your pet needs your attention every day, not just for some days. This is especially true for dogs. Dogs need to be walked and played with, so they can get out and exercise. You should make time daily to walk your dog a few times a day. If you can’t be home to walk your dog, consider hiring someone to walk them for you. However you decide to do it, make sure they get out to walk! 

Living in a luxury apartment community doesn’t mean you have to give up your pets! There are some simple suggestions to follow to ensure keeping a pet in a high-rise runs as smoothly as possible. First, make sure the breed and size are within the rules of the community. Make time for your pet every day and keep the unit clean so neighbors won’t have to deal with pet smells. Pick up after your dog uses the bathroom and keep your pup on a leash.

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