Oh how we love our pets! From common household pets—dogs, cats, birds and fish to even rodents and reptiles, Americans looks to their pets as a source of companionship and entertainment.
Studies show that pet owners have lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels, less depression, and, as a result, lower health care costs. That’s the good news.
On the flip side, however, pets in multifamily buildings can create very contentious situations. To show you why, let’s take a walk through a fictitious 10-story pet-friendly building.
Look—there’s Mrs. Smith, whose adorable but lonely Pekingese dog barks from the moment she leaves for her nursing job in the morning until her return at night. Next door to Mrs. Smith is Mrs. Jones, a stay-at-home new mother of a baby girl. Mrs. Jones finds Mrs. Smith to be neighborly and her dog to be cute, but is terribly annoyed at the barking dog, especially at naptime.
On the second floor is Mr. Anderson, whose cocker spaniel is well-behaved, until it’s time to go for a walk. Baby, as she likes to be called, pulls away from elderly Mr. Anderson on occasion and bolts into the hallway toward the elevator. One day, Baby jumped all over Suzie, a shy four-year-old neighbor, who is now terrified of going into the hallway without someone checking to see if Baby is out.