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Celebrating City Living in Pet Friendly Ottawa: Sorry, No Elephants Allowed in Apartment Rentals

A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love. Research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits such as: lowering blood pressure, lessening anxiety, boosting immunity, and they can even help you get dates. All of Primecorp Property Management’s buildings are pet friendly and we love interacting with our tenants furry, feathered, or scaly friends. Unfortunately, we do not allow elephants.

 “Happiness is a warm puppy” – Charles M. Schultz

Shiloh

Shiloh the Australian Shepherd

Owning a Dog While Renting an Apartment in Ottawa

In Ottawa owning a dog while renting an apartment is a common occurrence with many owners taking advantage of the various paths and parks Ottawa has to offer. Leash rules vary from park to park in the nation’s capital, but most City of Ottawa parks are leashed. Park Finder is an excellent resource for finding a park near your apartment; it rates and ranks various parks by cleanliness and friendliness. Dog owners are strongly encouraged to clean up after their pet while out for walks in city parks, along city streets and on private property. Disposing of your dog’s waste helps keep their favourite parks and walking routes clean and healthy. Waste left behind can turn into run-off in the rain and flow into our streams and storm sewers and can transmit diseases to other pets or children.

Rick the Corgi going for a walk

Rick the Corgi going for a walk

The City of Ottawa currently has a policy on the ownership and care of pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier or a dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are considerable similar to any of the previously mentioned dog breeds. Full details can be found here (City of Ottawa By-Law) and owners should be well versed in the by-laws regarding pet care and pet owner responsibility. Any complaints or concerns can be registered by calling 3-1-1.

“You cannot look at a sleeping cat and fell tense” – Jane Pauley

Ewok

Ewok

Caturday is a Favourite Day for Many in The Capital

It has been said that there would be no internet if not for people posting and sharing pictures of their beloved felines. While it was probably said by a cat owner it isn’t entirely without merit. A Google search of the word ‘dog’ garners 1,210,000,000 search results while the word ‘cat’ nets about 1,630,000,000 results and Caturday is quickly becoming some people’s favourite day of the week.

Most cats are well-suited to living indoors their entire lives and having a pet in the home provides companionship and enjoyment. The City of Ottawa By-law indicates that “No more than five cats over the age of twenty weeks are permitted in a residence unless the premises is a licensed kennel, an accredited veterinary facility or a registered facility for temporary foster care.” In the city most vets and breeders recommend keeping your cat indoors for the safety of the cat; outside the home, cars, dogs, other cats, and urban wildlife can pose serious health and safety risks for your pet. Balconies provide some fresh air for indoor cats, but safety should be priority and cats shouldn’t be left unattended or untethered while enjoying the outdoor space on the balcony. Although cats can have been known to survive a fall from up to 32 stories, the resulting injuries can be traumatic for both pet and owner. To maintain your cat’s weight and health it is important that they still remain active. Pet supply stores offer many toys and distractions, but empty paper bags, peacock feathers, socks stuffed with catnip, and even crumpled up balls of paper, often creative enjoyment and engagement with your feline friends.

Cat in litter box

Cat in litter box

Small spaces and a litterboxes don’t always coexist odorlessly but keeping the box and area clean will help cut down on smells. Having baking soda near the litter and sprinkling it on the areas on the floor nearest the litter box will help with wafting smells and regularly washing the box, scooper, and surrounding surfaces will maintain freshness and reduce harmful germs. Here is a great article that highlights several creative ways to keep the litterbox out of sight in an apartment: 27 DIY Ways to Hide a Litterbox.

Guidelines for Pets in Ottawa: No Elephants in the Room!

The City of Ottawa has guidelines on what type of pets can be kept in apartments and houses in Ottawa. The general rule is all protected or endangered animals and all venomous and poisonous animals are not allowed. A complete list can be found here Prohibited Animals. Below is a pared down list of banned pets.

Mammals

wolf, fox, coyote, hyena, dingo, jackal, lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, puma, panther, mountain lion, cheetah, wild cat, cougar, bobcat, lynx, bears, weasel, marten, mink, badger, skunk, otter, pole cat, wolverine, raccoon, kinkajou, panda, mongoose, bats, monkey, ape, chimpanzee, gorilla, lemur, squirrels, gopher, muskrat, groundhog, marmot, beaver, prairie dog, porcupine, antelope, giraffe, hippopotamus, zebra, rhinoceros, tapir, Tasmanian devil, bandicoot, kangaroo, wallaby, opossum, wombat, koala bear, dolphin, whale, seal, sea lion, walrus, elephants, sloth, armadillo, aardvark, anteater, shrew, mole, hedgehog, gliding lemur

Reptiles and Crawlers

Gila monster Mexican bearded lizard, all front-fanged venomous snakes (even if de-venomized), all snakes that reach an adult length larger than three meters, and all other lizards that reach an adult length larger than two meters. Examples viper, pit viper, cobra, mamba, green or common iguana, golden, common or black and white tegu, snapping turtle, alligator, and crocodile. Black widow, scorpion, venomous centipede.

Birds

Eagle, hawk, falcon, owl, vulture, ducks, geese and swans, ostriches, emus, and kiwis (applies if the birds are kept as livestock).

Knowing the proper way to care for your indoor pet is the responsibility of any pet owner and research should be done before bringing a pet into your apartment. Owners are responsible for damage or injury resulting from their pet and steps can be taken if the pet poses a risk or harm to others. All of our buildings are welcome to pets and our staff is available to answer any questions relating to pet ownership within our buildings.