Raising Pets in a Tiny House

Raising Pets in a Tiny House

Raising Pets in a Tiny House

Tiny homes can be a wonderful space that can transform your life and your perception of collecting stuff. All of the things you collect throughout your life will be more valuable if you have only 800 square feet to work with.

Many people are hesitant to live in tiny houses when they think of having pets.

A modern, tiny house might seem irresponsible if you are a pet owner or want to adopt one. They shouldn’t feel cramped and locked up in their own homes.

With a little knowledge and some adjustments, you can make sure your pet is happy in the space you create. Domestic pets can be more flexible than we think.

Learn how to raise pets in a small house so everyone is happy, furry friends included.

Select the Right Pet

You have an advantage if you own a tiny house but do not currently have a pet. Pets that are suited to small spaces will be more likely to adopt you than those who live in larger homes. It’s important to remember, however, that all pets, no matter their size, need exercise, attention and fresh air.

These pets are very well-suited for small spaces such as tiny homes.

  • Guinea Pigs
  • Reptiles
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Betta fish
  • Cats
  • You can have small or medium-sized dogs, but big lazy ones are also available.

If your house is small and you still need a companion, smaller animals like rodents or fish might be the best option. Some reptiles and fish may still need larger aquariums and terrariums. This could mean that they take up more space than you expected.

Some reptiles require large terrariums such as this.

You should also remember that even if your cat or dog is already a member of the small family, it’s possible for them to adapt. It is all about planning ahead to ensure that they have enough space and the right storage methods.

Safe Spaces

First, create a safe place for your cat or dog. It is a place where your cat or dog can rest if they feel anxious, as well as a place where they can go to sleep every night. Consider whether your cat is a climber, or a burrower. (See more below).

Cats who love climbing will choose to be in a high-up area. They feel safer when they have a clear view from all angles.

These space-saving perches are great for cats that like to look out at the outside and inside of the house. This windowill bed is ideal for cats who like to climb and enjoy a great view.

However, cats who like to burrow prefer dark and cozy areas that are closer to the ground. This mimics the natural habitat of wild bushes.

It’s easy to create nooks underneath your seating areas for your cats and dogs.

You can also build your own dog crate, such as this one. You can also add a pet bed and some toys to give your dog a safe and comfortable place all their own.

Separate eating areas

You should also provide a separate area for your cat or dog to eat that is away from their sanctuary. This will allow you to quickly clean up any messes that may occur and cats and dogs prefer to eat food and drink water outside of their sleeping area.

You might consider installing small drawers in the bottom of your kitchen cabinets, where the toe kick is. These drawers can be pulled out to reveal a dish. This will not save space but it can be more appealing than the bowls on the ground. If you don’t want your cat bowls to get in the way, they can be placed on a higher platform.

You can also get something that looks better than cheap plastic bowls.

We don’t recommend storing water bowls away. Your pets should have access to water whenever they need it. It may be possible to conceal food items after pets have finished eating. Many pets thrive if they are fed on a regular basis.

Regular Exercise

Your pet, no matter their size, needs to exercise regularly, especially as they are limited in space and can’t get enough exercise at home. Dogs need to be walked as normal, but cats require special attention because they have less space in their home.

You can teach your cat how to walk on a leash. Get them used to wearing a harness around the house. As they get more comfortable with the harness, you can have them wear it for longer periods of time. You might also want to consider building a “catio” for your cat if you have difficulty training them.

A catio, as the name implies, is a small outdoor space for your cat. It connects to your patio via a window or small opening. The catio will allow your cat to enjoy the outdoors and sunlight in the safety of its patio. You can play with your cat in the catio if you have enough!

If you are unable to get outside, take some time to spend with your children inside.

How to make a cat walk

Many cats are either climbers or burrowers, as you’ll see. Little areas on the floor that burrowers can use to hide, such as small boxes or blankets covered with fabric, will be a delight for them. Climbers will, however, want to feel secure and comfortable in their space.

Cat trees can be difficult to fit into a small space. You can make a customized climbing solution for your cat by installing a catwalk on top of your kitchen cabinets, or in your loft space.

Hide the litter box

Cat owners often have to worry about where to put their litter box when it comes to cat ownership. It’s even more difficult if you live in a small house. We recommend that you purchase or make a litter container that blends in with the environment.

You can also find litter boxes that look like a pot of faux plants. It’s a great way to decorate the litter box and hide it!

Litter boxes can also be hidden in cabinets that look like end tables. Check out these tiny home storage hacks for more ways to hide your litter box. These tips are applicable to litter boxes, pet toys, and many other areas.

Storing pet accessories

Because you are already familiar with many storage solutions, it is easy to store pet accessories. Choose a kitchen or bedroom cabinet that can be used inside a door. You can hang a shoe rack or other accessories from the small compartments.

For small storage options, you can use pots and baskets around your home to make your space look bigger.


We encourage pet owners to consider investing in enrichment. Your pets will need more stimulation to keep them busy. An Kongbone stuffed with peanut butter, a frozen kibble, or favorite snack can all be enrichment.

The cat will almost always love a toy covered in catnip. But you can also grow catgrass on your windowsills for them to enjoy their favorite snack!

Happy Animals in Your Tiny House

The best tip for raising happy pets in a small house is to plan ahead. Make sure your pet has a place to rest and relax, and think about their individual needs. You should provide plenty of places for your cat to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and places where they can climb, scratch, or leap.

You can either continue to give your dog plenty of exercise or fence your small home so that they can move around at their own pace during the day.

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