When we moved into our first apartment right after we got married, we only had one cat – Delilah. We had to pay a one-time $250 pet deposit (which could be paid upfront or broken up over 4 months). Shortly after moving in, we adopted Sampson and had to pay an additional $100 pet deposit. At this point, I inquired as to the limit on the number of pets we could have and the fees associated with each additional one. Thankfully, once the $350 total amount was reached, there were no more additional fees and also no limits on the number of pets. So, one-by-one, we added Sophie… then Sassy… then Caster…. For the almost two years we happily lived in that apartment, we had absolutely no trouble with the apartment management and the cats. However, the 7 of us finally outgrew that itty bitty apartment and upgraded to a house…
Searching for a cat-friendly house to rent was a little more difficult than it was with apartments. Apartments (in our area, at least) seem to be a lot more lenient about their pet policies than the rental houses are. Many houses I found would allow dogs, but no cats. Or some wouldn’t allow pets of any kind. Finally we found the perfect place – one that would allow us to have all five of our cats for only a $200 pet deposit. We truly hit the jackpot on that one.
As you can see, our experience with having cats and renting has been a positive one. Unfortunately though, that’s not the case for everyone. I’m always surprised when I hear about how strict some places are with their pet policies. With more than 62% of Americans owning at least one pet, it seems like it would be in the best interest of rental companies/landlords to allow pets. They’re turning away a lot of potential business otherwise.
I rarely share infographics that are randomly emailed to me, but I thought that this one was quite timely considering our recent move, and also interesting.
(I was not paid to share the infographic or article – I just thought it was interesting and worth sharing.)
*If you have pets and have to move, please be sure that your new home is pet-friendly before you move! You don’t want any surprises. And please don’t leave your pets behind!
I’m curious — what has your rental experience been like? How cat-friendly is your state and/or city?