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Best Pets for Condominium Living

Condo hunting can be complicated, especially if you’re looking for a place that can accommodate both you and a furry companion. But when it comes to picking the best pets for condo living, there are always some animals that are better suited for an apartment lifestyle. Many Chicago condos permit pets, but you must ensure your animal is living in a space that fully accommodates their needs and allows them to be as happy and comfortable as possible.

Cats and dogs — both small and large — are standard pets that can lead happy lives and flourish  in a condo setting, but there are also more exotic pets that are smaller and quieter that can make great apartment additions.

Ideal Animals for Condo Life

  • Smaller dog breeds can include Pomeranians, Dachshunds, Pugs, Basset Hounds, Beagles, Scottish Terriers and Malteses, which are all fairly active indoors and can live without a yard since most can be sensitive to extreme heat or cold.
  • Larger dog breeds can include Collies, Airedale Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians, Weimaraners, Great Danes and Golden Retrievers, as long as they receive sufficient exercise outdoors, at a park or in a small yard.
  • Cats don’t require extensive care, training or regular exercise and are small animals that can handle small spaces. Multiple cats can even be housed in the same unit as long as they are friendly with each other and you upkeep their feeding, grooming and litter box.
  • Chinchillas are simple to train and enjoy being held and cuddled. Most active in the early more and evening, they enjoy following a daily routine that may be the perfect match if you work a typical business day.
  • Rabbits are sociable and can be litter box trained so they can roam the living space with you, but they do require a fairly large cage, especially if their time spent outside of the cage is limited.
  • Birds are best if they are smaller and quieter breeds, like Finches, African Grays and Canaries. You want to avoid larger birds that will have your neighbors complaining about squawking.
  • Ferrets are very social and playful creatures that can be litter box trained. They tend to sleep for long periods of time and can hide in small spaces when they are playing, so they do require slight supervision.
  • Small to medium reptiles and amphibians are flexible since there is an array of choices that can factor in both your budget and space, such as lizards, snakes or turtles. Though they may not be as social as some other animals, there is less maintenance involved, which may suit you better if you have a spontaneous lifestyle.   
  • Fish are the simplest pets to care for and include an endless option of breeds to select for any size of tank, including both saltwater and freshwater.

Aside from granted permission by the building owner to allow an animal to live in your apartment or condo, the most important component of owning a pet is to research the necessary care it requires. Being aware and knowing how to properly handle your new friend is extremely important to the happiness and success of your life together.