During the pandemic, we’ve come to rely on our pets more than ever; according to a study by Rover.com, “93% of people who got a ‘pandemic pet’ felt improved mental and/or physical wellbeing improve.” So it’s only right to give your pet a home where they can also feel at ease, mentally and physically.

When deciding on a pet-friendly apartment for you and your four-legged family members, it’s important to pick one that is accommodating to your pet’s needs. Solara Apartments in Garden Grove, California, built our pet policy* with that in mind and has put together these helpful tips to make sure both you and your best friend feel at home in one of our pet-friendly apartments.

Consider Your Pet’s Personality

Just like you, your pet may need time to adjust to a new space before getting really comfortable. For a pet, it’s not just a new space: It’s also new smells, new sounds, and possibly even new rules. Getting your pet into a routine is the best method to help them acclimate to a new apartment, including feeding, walks, bathroom breaks, and playtime. Another way to help them transition is to provide them with a space of their own in the apartment, which could include their bed, toys, or a crate if you plan on crate-training them.

Along with your pet’s personality, their breed may also play a factor in living in a pet-friendly apartment. Just because they are a smaller breed doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re better suited for apartment living. In fact, some smaller, high-energy breeds like terriers and beagles may need more frequent opportunities to burn off some of that energy in order to be happy at home.

At Solara Apartments, our pet-friendly community includes comfortable paths and plenty of green space where you and your dog can take walks or spend some time outside playing together or with other pets in the community.

Stay Safe

While your pet-friendly apartment is home to both you and your pets, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want them getting into everything. When pets are bored, they like to explore, so it’s important to make sure their curiosity doesn’t get them hurt. 

Pet-proofing your apartment can include things like making sure harmful or toxic foods and household items are safely packed away where your furry friend can’t find them and encasing electrical cords so that they don’t become a dangerous chew toy. It’s good for your pet to explore different parts of the apartment, as long as they can do so safely.

Take Advantage of Local Amenities

Just like you, your pet benefits from spending time outside of the apartment and socializing. Beyond our on-site amenities, Solara Apartments is conveniently located near a handful of dog parks where your pet can run, jump, and play with other four-legged friends, including the Garden Grove Dog Park and Bark Park in Costa Mesa. Both parks have set hours and feature dedicated areas for both smaller and larger breeds so that your pet can socialize with somebody their own size.

Solara Apartments in Garden Grove, California, knows that your pet is part of the family and hopes that these tips can help make your pet-friendly apartment feel like home for both of you. Contact us today to learn more about our rental options! 

*Note: Solara’s pet policy does include a 50-pound weight limit and breed restrictions based on size and behavioral traits for dogs. We do not have any restrictions on cat breeds. Smaller animals—including hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, and reptiles—must be caged and kept in sanitary conditions. Please contact our leasing office for more information on animals not listed here.