“Beastfully” peaceful under one roof

Keeping animals in a multiple dwelling – an explosive mixture? The potential for conflict ranges from barking dogs to overflowing dustbins to allergies. Experts from Maxi Zoo give some tips on achieving a quiet life for both pet owners and non-pet owners.

As a tenant, you have the option of keeping one or more small animals. This includes guinea pigs or hamsters, exotic birds, fish or reptiles. A landlord may not forbid these – as long as the animals present a danger, noise or disturbing odours. Dogs don’t count as small animals, it’s up to the landlord to decide and even insert an appropriate clause into the tenancy agreement. This is mostly a case-by-case decision in which the landlord will take the interests of everyone into account. Some house owners allow pets from the outset – obviously the best prerequisite for animal-loving tenants.

But that’s just the legal situation. What if it really “kicks off” between the tenants over an animal? This requires respect and understanding on both sides. Here are a few of the typical bones of contention and how to cope with them.

Beastful noise

There are domestic pets from which a comparatively good deal of noise can emanate, such as specific types of birds. Even a cockatiel can really screech out. This can be a big problem for noise-sensitive fellow beings.

Our tip

Before you, as a tenant, go out and get yourself a pet, inform yourself thoroughly first from your local Maxi Zoo or the internet about the animal you want. A dog which starts barking at every little stirring on the stair well or which howls or goes on the rampage when it’s alone… can be disturbing to other tenants. From a legal standpoint, the dog owner can be ordered to control the nuisance.

Take your neighbours’ complaints seriously. Maybe your dog isn’t getting enough exercise? Or he simply hasn’t learned to behave himself reasonably, however he can be trained.

Full dustbins

When the neighbour can’t dispose of their rubbish anymore because the bin is full of voluminous rabbit litter, he will, understandably, be at a loss for words.

Our tip

As a pet owner, be mindful of keeping things in proportion and find another solution where necessary. Some take their litter regularly to the recycling centre or wait until collection day before throwing it in the bin. In many places, you can buy rubbish bags against a fee for which the disposal company will take them away separately. But resist the temptation to dispose of your bedding “illegally” (“wrong” dustbin, toilet etc.).

Sensitive neighbours

The subject of animal allergies is no longer an unusual one nowadays. Some victims even react as soon as the neighbour’s dog runs through the hallway.

Our tip

Have consideration for your neighbours – as far as you can! Don’t open the front door until all the animals are back in their cage. Or let the dog out via the balcony door instead of the stair well, and keep him on a leash around a nervous neighbor.

These tips will make life much easier between you, your neighbours and your little furry friend.

Call into your local store today to discuss your dog’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.