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Renting an apartment with a cat

Hi! I feel like this should be somewhere on the forums already but I've gone through "Housing in General" and "Pet Corner" and couldn't find anything recent so am going again

I'm planning to rent an apartment in Canton Vaud for a job in Geneva, but at least initially will also have my house in Finland and will pop back every so often.

I have a one-year-old cat who uses human toilets (no litter tray) and is fed by an automatic device that can last up to a month. I can also use the same machine to watch him and chat to him via my phone. So I have some flexibility to leave him unattended... but we are a matched pair and he does miss me if I do. We normally do everything together.

With his pet passport and rabies vaccine I can bring him on the Finnair flight with me - but what are the problems I'm likely to encounter with landlords? Is it best to put him on my application before renting a place, to request permission for him later, to just not mention him..?

Genuine question because every country I've lived before has had different rules and conventions around pets and I don't know what those are in Switzerland
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Re: Renting an apartment with a cat

Don't not mention him... you'll be quickly reported by the curtain twitchers!


Most of the flat hunting websites do allow you to select pet friendly landlords, but be prepared that many will not.


We've moved several times with 3 cats in tow and have always offered to pay double deposit as a reassurance to the landlord, that usually does the trick.


If you see a flat listing you really like and it says 'No pets', it's often worth a call as some may be worried about big dogs scratching doors etc., but not so bothered abut a single cat, particularly if you offer extra deposit as above.
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Is it best to put him on my application before renting a place, to request permission for him later, to just not mention him..?
The good news is that, broadly speaking, many landlords here are open to allowing cats. (Dogs are another story though.) Filter on 'pets allowed' housing as you search, and put your pet on the application.

Always, always, always make sure you have permission to keep your pet before you sign the lease!

Do not, under any circumstances, try to keep a pet in a flat where they are not allowed. Don't try for permission after the fact either. I have seen nightmare scenarios where the LL forced the tenant to get rid of their pet while holding them to the length of the lease. So the owners were left scrambling to find temporary accomodation for their pet, a replacement tenant, and a new flat.

Just be upfront that you have a cat and make permission to keep cats top priority in your search.

Are you working with a relocation agent? If so, make sure that person truly understands the importance of finding cat-friendly housing. Not all do, and this is one point where there can be no compromise.

Good luck with the search, and with the move.
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Re: Renting an apartment with a cat

Renting with a cat? Don’t expect the cat to lift a paw helping with the cleaning - and as far as chipping in with the rent: you can whistle for that one too…
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Renting with a cat? Don’t expect the cat to lift a paw helping with the cleaning - and as far as chipping in with the rent: you can whistle for that one too…
Yeah... he tries to contribute, but vastly overestimates the value of butterflies and dragonflies. Particularly broken ones.
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Re: Renting an apartment with a cat

We were approved for the 3 places we applied for when we first got here. With all 3 we told them about our cats up front (we had 2). It doesn't seem to be a problem in Vaud.
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We had no problems finding places to rent when we moved here with our cat from Belgium.
Canton Neuchâtel not Vaud but I don’t think that really makes much difference.
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Re: Renting an apartment with a cat

I have to ask since you said you live in a house in Finland: Is the cat strictly an indoor cat? If not, the question of neighborhood, and even neighbors, arises.
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I have to ask since you said you live in a house in Finland: Is the cat strictly an indoor cat? If not, the question of neighborhood, and even neighbors, arises.
He can be. Here we live in the forest so I let him out with a reflective vest on (prevents him catching birds) and he stays nearby... mostly he's happiest chasing insects on the balcony. He's never had any interest in toileting outdoors either - he comes inside to use the toilet.

Frankly I wouldn't want to let him out in a built-up area.
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Re: Renting an apartment with a cat

I don't think that apartments come with cats.

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I don't think that apartments come with cats.

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You'd be surprised - the first one I was offered here did! Was a bit far for commuting though...
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Re: Renting an apartment with a cat

I'm sorry, but I have to ask...

Does your cat know how to flush the toilet, too???
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I'm sorry, but I have to ask...

Does your cat know how to flush the toilet, too???
He doesn't, which is a shame! He's so clever but door handles and flush handles are a total blindspot.

Luckily there's a man who also uses the same toilet, so it will at least get flushed once a day
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You'd be surprised - the first one I was offered here did! Was a bit far for commuting though...
My first thought when I read the thread title ... I mean, I've seen apartments with furniture advertised, but never with a cat.
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