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You have purchased your first pet, and it’s time to bring them home! This is an exciting time in your life, and depending on the type of pet you have brought into your home, the maintenance and preparation will vary. Animals like Fish and Hamsters require less commitment than Cats and Dogs. CLV Group is 100% pet friendly and our residents love that they can have pets as a part of their family! As most residents own cats or dogs, we’ll focus on these pets in our guide to help you prepare for this exciting time!

ID Tag

Ensuring that you have an up to date ID Tag on your pets collar that identifies their name, along with your phone number and address will help in the case that anything were to happen to your pet or they were to get loose. There is also the option to imbed a microchip as added security in the chance that you pet were to get loose from their collar.


Your pets’ bed should be just as cozy as yours! Consider purchasing a cozy bed for them to curl up in. Having their own space will also help your pet feel comfortable and safe in their new space.


It may take some trial and error to determine the best food for your pet. While also keeping their nutritional needs in mind, it may be a good idea to purchase smaller quantities of food until you have found the perfect match.


Puppies and kittens are very curious animals, and are likely to find their way into a little trouble! Consider investing in boredom breakers that will keep your pet entertained such as squeaky toys for dogs and climbing posts for cats!


Brushes, shampoos, leashes, harnesses, crates, travel carriers, bones and treats are all additional items that can be purchased for your pet.

If you’re bringing a cat into your home, check out these additional tips here on what you need to know! You can also take a look at the top 10 dog breeds that are great for apartments, here.


Share photos of your pet with us by tagging @clvgroup in your photos! You can also enter to win our Pet Resident of the Month contest by sending a photo of your furry friend to for a chance to win a $25 gift card to PetSmart!


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