Pets have amazing benefits. They can offer companionship, reduce stress, and even help us make new human friends. When you live in an apartment, though, having a pet can be tricky at times. If you have a fluffy friend or are thinking of getting one, here are a few tips on renting an apartment with a furry companion.

1. Ask a fellow VIP.

Your fellow residents can be a great resource in your quest for the perfect pet. Those who have lived in the community for a while should be able to give you an idea of the types of animals that tend to thrive in the area. It’s also important to check with the city; sometimes, there are local government regulations regarding specific breeds or species.

2. Choose a pet that matches your lifestyle.

It’s important to take an honest look at the type of lifestyle you lead. Are you an active hiker who needs a companion strong enough to keep up? Or are you looking for a cuddly friend to watch Netflix with? Some pets fit better into different lifestyles than others. If you find yourself working long hours, then it’s best to choose a low-maintenance, independent animal. Some animals—like dogs, for example—can be more prone to separation anxiety.

3. Be responsible for your pet.

Your neighbors rely on you to take good care of your pet. If you share walls with other residents, train your pet to be quiet, or choose a pet that is known for making minimal noise. As always, training a new animal is a process. Consider explaining the situation to your neighbors when you are working to help your new animal friend fit in.

4. Introduce your pet to others.

If you have trouble making friends, pets can help fix that! They can be great icebreakers between fellow pet owners, and they can help form bonds between you and your petless peers. Plus, the more people that know and care about your pet, the more that can help if he or she ever gets loose!

Having a pet companion comes with a variety of perks. If you are a renter, make sure to ask your fellow VIPs for advice, choose a pet that fits your lifestyle the best, be responsible for your pet, and introduce your pet to others. Do that, and both you and your pet will be glad to call your apartment “home.”