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We love pets here at Torre! Our student apartments in Austin are completely pet-friendly, so if you’re considering adopting a dog or cat (or if you already have one), they’ll have an awesome home in our community. However, in order to make sure your pets are happy and healthy and your home stays in great condition, there are a few things we recommend getting for your Austin student apartment! Here are a few apartment must-haves for pet owners that we highly recommend.

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Furniture Protectant

We appreciate your efforts to keep your apartment furnishings in great condition, and we know pets can introduce extra challenges in that respect. Fabric furniture covers can help you take care of your couches and chairs in your apartment so you don’t have to worry about getting your security deposit back. We recommend looking for a water-resistant cover to help repel water and stains, so pet accidents don’t result in ruined furniture. This is especially helpful for puppies that are still being house-trained or cats with a habit of marking their territory.

Pet Bed

Your pet deserves a place to lay their head and get cozy! Especially if you don’t want your pets getting up on furniture or sleeping in bed with you, getting them a soft, warm bed to call their own is a must. We recommend one that’s machine washable so that keeping it clean is as simple as running it through your in-unit washer and dryer.

Pet Gate

A pet gate might be worth investing in for a few reasons. First, it’s a great way to introduce dogs and kittens to one part of your apartment at a time without having to keep them behind a closed door. It also provides an option for separating visiting pets from your own pets and gives your pets a safe place to retreat to if they’re not into the visiting pet (or person). It’s also a nice consideration if you have someone coming over who’s allergic to your pet, or may feel afraid or overwhelmed by them.

Chewing Spray

If your pet has a habit of chewing on cords, shoes, or other parts of your apartment, a chewing spray may help. These non-toxic products deter your troublesome chewer by coating the surface of the item you don’t want chewed with a bitter, unpleasant taste. A popular version of this is Grannick’s Bitter Apple spray.

Cat Tree for Cats, Cozy Crate for Dogs

Cats love having someplace high to perch, so make sure they have an approved place to climb. A cat tree works perfectly for this purpose, and many cat trees come with built-in scratching posts, toys, and other features to keep your kitty occupied. If a cat tree is too big an investment when it comes to money or floor space, a window-mounted perch can also provide a nice high spot for your cat to call their own and catch some cozy sun rays.

At first glance, crates can seem like a prison, but with a soft bed, water bowl, and favorite toy inside, a crate can actually be a place of safety and comfort for dogs to retreat to. Plus, having a crate can provide peace of mind for owners of dogs who like to get into things or need supervision for other reasons. Having a crate means you can trust that your apartment will be just as you left it when you can’t keep an eye on your pet.

We hope this post has helped you prepare for a new pet (or support a current one) at our pet-friendly apartments! If you’d like to see any future tips and recommendations from us in the future, make sure you bookmark our blog page for easy access to upcoming posts. Finally, if you don’t want to miss out on special promotions, community updates, and events at our apartments near UT Austin, follow us on Instagram!

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