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The 7 Best Pet Products for Apartment Dwellers

The 7 Best Pet Products for Apartment Dwellers

Living with a pet in your apartment creates some unique challenges that you should address as quickly as possible. Luckily, millions of people have already gone through the pet-and-apartment experience, so there are plenty of products to make your job easier. Start by making sure you have these best pet products for apartment dwellers.

1. An Appropriately Sized Crate

A crate is essential for keeping your pet safe and happy and for minimizing damage while you’re out of the apartment. Before you buy the first one you see at the pet store, though, you should read the crate size recommendations from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. The recommendations will help you choose a crate that’s appropriately sized for your pet.

2. A Go Bag for Walks

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    Dogs, cats, and other animals need daily exercise to stay healthy. It’s relatively easy for pets to get exercise when they have access to large back yards. If you live in an apartment, though, you’ll need to take your furry friend for daily walks.

    Your “go bag” for walks should include a leash, harness, and waste pick-up bags. You may also want to carry treats to reward good behavior and a collapsible water bowl for hydration. Remember that pets can get hot quickly because they don’t have many sweat glands to keep them cool.

    If you’re looking for pet-friendly apartments in Houston, keep your eyes open for places that already have some pet-friendly features. Access to a patio or lawn will make it easy for you to give pets short breaks in the outdoors.

    3. A Lint Roller

    Unless you have a pet reptile or bird, you’re going to need a lint roller that’s strong enough to remove fur from your furniture. Assuming that you like to snuggle with your pet on the couch, you will need to use a good lint roller often.

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    Depending on how much your pet sheds, you might also want to get a FURemover Broom to keep your floors clean.

    4. A Good Grooming Kit

    It also helps to have a good grooming kit that will remove excess hair from your pets. Regular grooming will prevent fur from accumulating throughout your house. Plus, it’s useful bonding time for you and your pet. Some favorite options include the FURemover Duo and Kong ZoomGroom. Both of these products will remove excess fur while stimulating your pet’s skin, which increases blood flow and promotes a healthy, shiny coat.

    5. Furniture Protectant

    House training your pet will take some time. You even have to teach cats why the litter box is there. Even after you finish training, though, accidents can happen. Don’t let a slip-up stain your favorite chair.

    As long as you apply a furniture protectant like Scotchgard, small messes shouldn’t leave long-lasting stains. Even with the protectant, though, you have to clean up the mess quickly. The sooner you clean it, the less likely it is to damage your furniture.

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    You may also need bitter apple spray to prevent dogs from chewing on furniture. If your dog has a penchant for chewing on expensive wood and upholstery, you definitely need a bitter spray to stop that behavior.

    6. A Fashionable Bed

    If you don’t want your pets hopping on the furniture, you should give them their own beds so they can stay comfortable on the floor. Since you want the bed to look nice in your apartment, choose a fashionable option that matches your home’s aesthetics.

    7. Plenty of Toys

    Toys will keep your pets entertained so they don’t spend all day barking at every sound they hear. A barking dog will make you unpopular with your neighbors, so give your pet plenty of things to play with.

    Dogs usually like toys they can chew on, which is good because chewing helps keep their teeth clean. Cats, on the other hand, prefer to swat at toys. A feather hanging from a stick can keep a cat entertained for hours. You should also get a scratching post. Cats will scratch. It’s up to you whether they scratch a post or your furniture.

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    Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have an animal companion. You just need the right products to make them feel at home.

    Featured photo credit: Image by Ben J Gibbs via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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