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downsizing with pets

It’s vital that people choose a pet that’s suitable for high-density living, but what should you do if you already own a dog or a cat and you’re making the move from a large home to smaller premises?

Australians are increasingly choosing to downsize to high-rise apartments and townhouses from the traditional house on a larger block. And it isn’t just people approaching retirement who are making the move – it‘s people of all ages and lifestyles.

Many people choosing to live in an apartment may be downsizing in space, but not in their lifestyle expectations! Instead, they’re looking for high-quality, low-maintenance apartments with the lifestyle of a traditional home – and this includes taking their four-legged family members with them.

It’s understandable that people may feel some concern about their pet’s welfare when moving to smaller premises and wonder whether their pet will be happy. With some forethought and management, you can help your pet love your new living arrangements; in fact, some pets might actually benefit from spending more time indoors and being closer to their owner.

If you are planning to downsize with an existing pet, it’s important to get your pet used to their new routine as soon as possible. This might involve restricting outdoor activity to the times when you will be able to walk your dog from the new home and establishing a routine for feeding times. For cats it may mean teaching them to be kept entirely indoors.


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If you are moving your dog or cat to a home where they will not have access to outdoor space, begin to restrict your pet’s outdoor access well before you make the move. You may be surprised to find your pet is more than happy to spend extra time indoors.

If you are planning a move to an apartment or townhouse and have a dog already, it’s important to get him used to a new routine and access restrictions as soon as possible.