Pets are wonderful life companions. While having a pet at home is surely going to keep stress at bay, many apartment owners or societies find it difficult to co-exists. Thus, before moving into a new residential society, it is prudent for one to think of ways to sort any such issues before it becomes unmanageable.
Below are some simple tips that will make life easier for both pet owners and neighbours.
Cleanliness will get you brownie points
Cleanliness is the first rule. Train your pet with its day-to-day routine. Make sure to clean up all the litter before it spreads everywhere. This usually tend to become the major bone of contention for many residents in the apartment society.
Never keep your pets unleashed
Giving freedom to pets is important but not outside your home. Unleashing a pet outside can result in grave problems. No matter how well-trained your pet is, never forget that animals can be unpredictable. Hence, it is in the best interest of you and others as well to keep your canine or feline pets tied up on their leashes.
Regular vaccination is Important
Pets love socialising with others pet. Thus, it is sensible to get your pets vaccinated regularly to avoid any sort of contagion from other pets.
Learn Elevator Etiquettes
Staying in an apartment society mandates you to inculcate lift etiquettes in your pets. While the law clearly states that pets cannot be banned from lifts and also no special charges can be imposed on pet owners, many societies does have a ban on this. Know your apartment rules beforehand.
Know the Norms
It is also imperative to know that there are clauses to protect your pets. Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, clearly states that it is illegal for housing societies to pass resolutions disallowing pets.
Most of the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) have their own list of do’s and don’ts’ for pet owners. Get familiar with the rules and regulations and follow them diligently to avoid any unwanted trouble. Moreover, if pet owners abide by the laws then no civic body has the right to ban the pets or their owners from the society.
Lastly, respect your neighbours’ opinion and be courteous towards them as it will most likely alleviate your concerns.