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Hey all, does anyone have any idea what the general policy on owning pets in rented housing is? I've looked at loads of adverts for apartments, but they never seem to specify.When I lived in Sweden, it was normally assumed you would have pets and was pretty much always permitted, but in the UK it's the total opposite.

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Depends on the pet. Most places will allow you to keep fish or hamsters or budgies but there may be some differences in places that allow dogs or cats, for example.

Best to ask at the time of viewing/application because it probably varies wildly.
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It depends on what will be written in your contract, a general "no animals allowed" is void, if your contract however specifies some animals and does forbid these than this is valid and you cannot have those animals. If nothing is mentioned than it is legal to get a pet.

If you plan to have a dog or cats always talk about this before accepting a house to avoid later problems. Some fish or a hamster I'd say nobody cares.
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Re: Pet ownership

Many sites will give you a filter to say if pets are allowed when looking for properties. However, even if you do find one check and double check that your particular pet will be allowed and if possible get it written into the rental contract.
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If you plan to have a dog or cats always talk about this before accepting a house to avoid later problems. Some fish or a hamster I'd say nobody cares.
But make sure you have (at least) two of each ... Animal cruelty regulations apply.
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But make sure you have (at least) two of each ... Animal cruelty regulations apply.
While this is true for species deemed naturally social, this is not true for animals who are considered naturally solitary. Solitary species should be kept singly, while social species should be kept in appropriate groups, or (in some cases) where sufficient social contact is provided.

And even in cases where the species in general is considered social provisions are made in the Tierschutz laws to allow an exception for individuals who have been proven that they cannot tolerate living with conspecifics.

The aim of the various animal protection laws is to provide the right environment, according to the needs of the species, with an eye on individual needs as well, within our human world.

The BLV discusses the proper way to keep various species as pets here:

https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/de/home...erhaltung.html

If you have specific questions, contact your cantonal Veterinäramt or the BLV for more information.
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Hey all, does anyone have any idea what the general policy on owning pets in rented housing is? I've looked at loads of adverts for apartments, but they never seem to specify.When I lived in Sweden, it was normally assumed you would have pets and was pretty much always permitted, but in the UK it's the total opposite.

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Some adverts will say a certain pet is allowed, such as a dog or cat. Some adverts will exclude one or the other or both. If it says nothing in the ad, then you are free to ask. Even when an ad says pets are allowed, there may be a limit on how many.

What kind of pet are you thinking of? Certain exotic pets require special permits.
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Hey all, does anyone have any idea what the general policy on owning pets in rented housing is? I've looked at loads of adverts for apartments, but they never seem to specify.When I lived in Sweden, it was normally assumed you would have pets and was pretty much always permitted, but in the UK it's the total opposite.

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You have to ask if it is not otherwise specified. Many dont want dogs. But most dont mind cats. Its a dogs life!
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Some adverts will say a certain pet is allowed, such as a dog or cat. Some adverts will exclude one or the other or both. If it says nothing in the ad, then you are free to ask. Even when an ad says pets are allowed, there may be a limit on how many.

What kind of pet are you thinking of? Certain exotic pets require special permits.
I was thinking of getting a cat, I assume most apartments will be ok wit indoor cats, as they're pretty unobtrusive. Thanks for the replies everyone :-)
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I was thinking of getting a cat, I assume most apartments will be ok wit indoor cats, as they're pretty unobtrusive. Thanks for the replies everyone :-)
If you get an indoor cat, please get two so they can keep each other company while you are at work.
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If you get an indoor cat, please get two so they can keep each other company while you are at work.



Does this really work ?



I had 2 cats, a fluffy girl cat who was a total bitch and a big (8kg) male cat (both same age and grew up together) who was absolutely terrified of the fluffy bitch and everybody else, me included.



Fluffy disappeared and the fat boy cat became a total prostitute and still is, he'll go to anybody and do anything for attention !
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I had 2 cats, a fluffy girl cat who was a total bitch and a big (8kg) male cat (both same age and grew up together) who was absolutely terrified of the fluffy bitch and everybody else, me included.



Fluffy disappeared and the fat boy cat became a total prostitute and still is, he'll go to anybody and do anything for attention !
I think it depends on the cat, to be honest. I've had some who hate company, and others who love living with other cats. But yes, I'd probably have gone for two anyway, I think it does benefit them to have other cats around.
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Re: Pet ownership

If you are looking for indoor cat(s) - which can be a bit difficult to find given the prevailing Swiss stance on allowing cats outdoors - might I just toss out an idea?

There are often FIV positive cats in need of homes; these must be indoor-only cats. If you might consider one (or two ) of these, a site that lists these lovelies, plus others with various challenges (who may or may not need to be indoor pets as well) is Handicap Cats. It might be worth your while to keep an eye on their listings from time to time:

https://www.handicapcats.ch



Just a thought...


All the best.
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If you are looking for indoor cat(s) - which can be a bit difficult to find given the prevailing Swiss stance on allowing cats outdoors - might I just toss out an idea?

There are often FIV positive cats in need of homes; these must be indoor-only cats. If you might consider one (or two ) of these, a site that lists these lovelies, plus others with various challenges (who may or may not need to be indoor pets as well) is Handicap Cats. It might be worth your while to keep an eye on their listings from time to time:

https://www.handicapcats.ch



Just a thought...


All the best.
Great, thanks! They seem really fussy about letting cats stay indoors here. I personally don't see the problem, cats are terrible for local wildlife such as birds and bats, and I had a cat who got ran over by a car... not too keen to let that happen again!
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Re: Pet ownership

Here in VD we have the contract from the regie.. Which usually covers stuff like painting walls in strange colours and making holes in the bathroom tiles or cutting down trees in the garden ..
Then we have the standard contract from the canton which states that animals are tolerated as long as they do not disturb neighbours etc.. And a bunch of stuff like making fires in the garden and clearing snow..

So we're lucky that animals are accepted by default, unless the landlord specifically denies it in the first contract..

In our first rental we asked the owner directly if we could have a dog and she replied that of course we could, thanks for asking but it's expressly allowed unless noted otherwise..

You guys in other cantons don't have that second contract?
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