36. Apartment Pets
In U.S. cities like New York City and
Angeles, many people live in small apartments. Despite
having homes with big yards, some apartment dwellers
seek the companionship that domesticated animals like dogs
cats offer. Some people feel that having a
, even in a small space, is good for
However, many landlords forbid tenants from
pets, specifically cats and dogs, because of the
the animals can do to carpets. Some landlords
forbid birds because of the noise they make.
landlords charge an extra fee, known as a
deposit, to tenants who want to keep pets.
is to pay for repairs or cleaning caused
Many times apartment dwellers will choose
, like fish, hermit crabs, guinea pigs or hamsters,
make little noise, little mess, and won't chew
the furniture. Other people keep lizards as pets,
they don't require much space and can be
in small cages or tanks. Another benefit of
smaller pets is that they don't need to
walked. However, some people who live in apartments
pets that are not so ordinary. Some of
less than ordinary pets include mammals like hedgehogs,
like frogs, and spiders like tarantulas. Not all
pets are legal though.
In order to maintain
safety, some cities and states have laws banning
animals as pets. New York City, for example,
people from keeping ferrets, snapping turtles, pythons, and
as pets. It seems unlikely that a family
have a polar bear named Fluffy or a
named Bubbles as a pet, New York City
specific laws banning these wild animals from residences.
laws exist for a good reason. In 2003,
man in a Manhattan apartment was discovered to
a 350-pound Bengal tiger as a pet.