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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 July 23, 2019

    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

    In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

    Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

    How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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    • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
    • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
    • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
    • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
    • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
    • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

    When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

    1. Realize You’re Not Alone

    Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

    2. Find What Inspires You

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    Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

    On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

    3. Give Yourself a Break

    When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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    Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

    4. Shake up Your Routines

    Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

    Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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    When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

    5. Start with a Small Step

    Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

    Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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    Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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