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Pets are a great way to relieve the stress and anxiety that comes along with life as a college student. Pets can make you happier, healthier, and provide companionship when you are adjusting to a new environment where you may not know many people. However, it is not always easy to keep a pet in a college dorm. It also may not be in your pet’s best interests, so in some cases you may want to consider leaving your beloved pet at home. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about keeping a pet in your college dorm..
Some college dorms are open to students keeping pets, as long as the pets are not disruptive to other students sharing the space. Although the number of dorms that allow pets is increasing, it’s still not very common. In a recent study of colleges and universities in the U.S., 96% did not allow pets on campus.
The rules for pet ownership depend on the college and its policies. Even pet friendly colleges strictly regulate pet ownership and allow only specific types of pets in university housing. Some colleges may have separate dorm buildings or areas for those who have pets, while others may be interspersed throughout the main living area. Check with your college before bringing your pet along for the ride to avoid costly fees or potentially being evicted.
. Examples of pet policies may include:
Some types of pets are easier to keep in a small and potentially shared living area, such as a college dorm. If you have roommates, you may want to consider a pet that is less likely to intrude on their personal space or affect them if they have allergies. This may include a small caged pet or “pocket pet” such as:
Even fish in an aquarium can be a fulfilling source of companionship. In fact, some of the most popular pets for a college dorm include animals that take less time to care for, such as:
If your roommate is pet-friendly or you live alone, you may consider a dog or cat. Certain breeds of dogs may be prone to personalities that are more suited to living in a college dorm. Smaller, social, friendly, low-energy, quiet dogs are a better fit for group living, regardless of the breed.
Here are a few considerations to keep in mind if you want to bring your pet to college:
Once you’ve settled on bringing your pet to college, you will need to prepare your dorm for their arrival. Use this checklist to make sure you have everything in order for beginning your college journey with your pet.
Even if your college dorm allows pets, that doesn’t necessarily mean this is the best environment for your individual situation. Many pets are creatures of habit, and an unnecessary move may interfere with their well-being. Even low-maintenance pets require some care and consistency. If you are in an environment you don’t have total control over, such as a college dorm, consider the situation carefully before bringing a pet into the mix. Spend some time talking with other students who have pets on campus to determine the pros and cons that you may not have thought of.
If you have additional questions about raising a pet in a dorm environment, a licensed vet on Vetster can offer valuable advice on everything you will need to provide adequate quality of living for a pet in your college dorm. Book an online virtual care appointment 24/7 and have a vet assess your situation via video chat so you can be confident in your decision.
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