|Zoey on his cat perch|
However, we could not always provide these luxuries. When we lived in a condo complex, we subleased from a landlord that said we could have cats even though the condo complex itself didn't allow them. We did not realize that this meant they could not look out the windows without having neighbors call the complex on us. We had to keep all of our windows covered, but the cats would find any way that they could to look outside, and we really couldn't blame that aspect of their personalities.
This story is only one small example of what pet-owners have to consider when finding a place to rent. When looking for a place online, the simple filter of "allows pets" limits the possibilities by A LOT. What if we didn't have the resources to find a place that did allow us to keep our cats? Luckily, that wasn't the case, but the house we live in now is very old and on a main road. It was one of the few options available to us since our cats are not disposable items to us. I really wish that this would change, and pet owners weren't often forced to give up their pets when moving to a new home. I think it happens a lot and is a cruel fate to the animals that end up in a shelter or even a new home without the people that they are often so attached to. We are very lucky to be able to keep the pets in a house that we don't own, and I wish other pet owners the same good fortune. I also make a plea to pet owners to continue and expand their search for new homes in order to take their pets with them, and a plea to landowners to understand that pets are family members and that they should consider opening their rentals to responsible pet owners.