Keeping Pets in Sectional Title Schemes

Cat in building

Please be aware that moving into a Sectional Title Scheme with animals does not grant you the automatic right to have them there, no matter how strongly you feel.

Once you have received permission to keep your pets in a Sectional Title Scheme you have a responsibility to the other tenants to ensure that your pet is not a problem.

Ensure that your pets do not damage the Unit if you are renting or that they create a disturbance.

 HAVE CONSIDERATION FOR OTHER TENANTS

  • Not everyone likes cats or dogs and some are nervous due to bad experiences in their past.
  • People don’t like cats digging in their gardens.
  • If another tenant has a bird on a stand or in a cage your cat may pose a problem for them if it is stalking the bird.
  • Or they may be superstitious and this might run very deeply.
  • Ensure that your pets are not a problem for other tenants in the complex.
  • If you receive complaints from other tenants or the managing or trustees that you are try to resolve this amicably and speedily.
Ragamuffin

Ragamuffin

How do you try to resolve some of these issues?

  • Ensure that all your pets are sterilised. Kittens and puppies can be sterilised from as young as 8 weeks.
  • Sterilising cats will ensure that they are less like to go wandering, stop makes getting into fights over queens in heat, and disturb the neighbours.
  • There are a number of risks your cat is exposed to when he engages in fights. Not just injury from bite wounds and scratches, but he also becomes exposed to cat diseases such as Feline Leukaemia and Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV/cat AIDS).
  • Keep your cats indoors at night.
  • Have a cat litter box inside and use good quality litter, change it regularly.
  • And have a fun item of furniture such as a scratching post.

IF YOU WANT YO HAVE YOUR PETS WITH YOU NEVER SIGN A PURCHASE OR RENTAL AGREEMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE HAD SIGHT OF THE CURRENT BODY CORPORATE RULES PERTAINING TO ANIMALS!!

PERMISSION FROM THE OWNER AND RENTAL AGENT TO KEEP YOUR PETS

This is only the first step as their permission applies only to the Unit as the actual permission to keep pets in a sectional title scheme is governed by the body corporate rules.

Most body corporates have rules pertaining to the keeping of animals, so you need to check and read the rules yourself.

How do you get a copy of the Body Corporate Rules?

Find out who the Managing Agent is and ask them for a copy of the current body corporate rules pertaining to animals. If they are reluctant to give you a copy although it is your right, take the sectional scheme number and go to the Surveyor General who holds the sectional scheme records for your area and apply for them there.

This is important in order to avoid heartache.

PERMISSION FROM THE TRUSTEES TO KEEP PETS

Please read http://www.paddocks.co.za/paddocks-press-newsletter/permission-to-keep-pets/. Paddocks are recognised in the industry as leading attorneys in Sectional Title Scheme matters.

In brief, owners or occupiers can only keep pets in a section or on any part of the common property with the written consent of the trustees. The trustees cannot unreasonably withhold that permission. An absolute prohibition to keep a pet could be considered unreasonable.

However in schemes where the rule is amended to prohibit pets, a “grandfathering clause” may be inserted to cater for existing pets (already living in the scheme), providing that existing pets may be kept but that when they die, they may not be replaced.

 

ALSO READ

  • Introducing your New Cat to the Resident Cats at http://scratzme.com/blog/introducing-cat-resident-dogs
  • Introducing your new cat to the Resident Dogs at http://scratzme.com/blog/introducing-cat-resident-dogs
  • Introducing your Cat to His/Her New Home at http://scratzme.com/blog/introducing-cat-hisher-home
  • Reasonable Rules for Pets in Sectional Title Schems at https://scratzme.com/blog/reasonable-rules-for-pets-in-sectional-title-schemes

Introducing your New Cat to the Resident Dog/s

Kitten and dog

IMAGINE

Imagine what it is like for you as a person, when you go into a new environment and are stressing as to what it is going to be like despite knowing your circumstances.

We cannot stress enough that it is important for you to try to see your home through the eyes of the new kitten or adult cat.

NEW CAT

Now try to imagine how stressful it must be for a kitten taken from its mother and siblings, or an adult cat who doesn’t know what’s happening and why they no longer see the human parents with whom they spent years going into a new environment and being the outsider.

Dogs (and other cats) don’t always take kindly to having another come into their home and you will be going through a feline to feline introduction process in conjunction with introducing the new kitty to its forever home.

Important Information to have on hand

  • Is the new kitten or adult cat used to dogs?
  • Are your dogs used to kittens and/or adult cats?
  • Is your dog known to chase and/or attack cats? (If this is the case you should not be bringing a kitten or adult cat into the home.)
Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau

Preparation

Cats feel more secure at a height where they can survey their surroundings and stay out of reach of animals which can’t climb, such as Dogs.

Place bedding, food and water bowls, and toys at a height. Cat furniture is a good option for this.

Allow the dog to sniff the new cat through the door and also exchange items with the cat and dog scents on them so each can get used to the other.

Arranging the Big Meet

Initially introduce the dogs one at a time if you have more than one dog starting with the most senior and/or least boisterous dog.

There is likely to be yowling, hissing and growling initially from the cat but this will ease off. Don’t let this worry you, just be patient and gentle.

Ensure that all the doors and windows in the house are closed securely.

Under no circumstances should the cat feel fear, threatened or vulnerable.

 

THE BIG MEET

Sit on the bed with the cat in its carrier next to you so that it feels comfortable with you as it will tense and may become fearful when the dog is brought into the room.

Have someone, preferably a family member known to the dog, place your companion on a leash and bring him/her into the room slowly. At no time yell at the dog or talk sharply as this will create an air of tension and scare the cat.

And talk. Talk gently and reassuringly all the time so that both animals know that they are ok. Ignore any hissing as this is the cat warning the dog not to get too close.

After a while move closer and closer.

Repeat a few times a day and for a few days until the kitten or adult cat and dogs are used to each other.

 

WARNINGWHEN YOU HAVE TO GO OUT

Do not leave the cat/s and dog/s on their own without supervision until you are totally confident that they are comfortable with each other. And when you are ready to do so, ensure that all the doors and windows in the house are closed securely and that any employees are aware of these new arrangements until the new cat/s has been acclimatised to their new environment.

We wish you many years of joy with your companions.

 

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Introducing your New Cat to the Resident Cat/s

Two cats

IMAGINE

Imagine what it is like for you as a person, when you go into a new environment and are stressing as to what it is going to be like despite knowing your circumstances.

New Cat

Now try to imagine how stressful it must be for a kitten taken from its mother and siblings, or an adult cat who doesn’t know what’s happening and why they no longer see the human parents with whom they spent years going into a new environment and being the outsider.

Cats don’t always take kindly to having another come into their home and you will be going through a feline to feline introduction process in conjunction with introducing the new kitty to its forever home.

Scent

Scent plays an important role with all animals.

You will be keeping the new kitty in his/her room initially as per the aforementioned article.

Do not let your cats who are already entrenched into the room with the new kitty for the first few days, instead take items from the new cat and the home kids and swap them, so that that they start to become acclimatised to each other’s scent.

And let them sniff each other through the door.

What can you expect?

There is likely to be yowling, hissing and growling initially but this will ease off. Don’t let this worry you, just be patient and gentle.

Face-to Face

After a few days put the new kitty back in his/her carrier, open the door and let the home kid/s come into the room so they can sniff each other and do this a few times a day until they appear to be accepting each other.

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If you have dogs ensure that they are outside and also ensure that all the doors and windows in the house are closed securely.

Allow the cats the run of the house for a while and assess their acceptance level of each other.

During the process of introducing your new forever kid to the home and property caution is important in terms of escape routes, so the home kids may also have to endure being kept inside the home during this process from to time.

You already have cats, and you know this time and effort are worth it.

We wish you many years of joy with all your feline companions.

 

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Introducing your Cat to His/Her New Home

Nervous catIMAGINE

Imagine what it is like for you as a person, when you go into a new environment and are stressing as to what it is going to be like despite knowing your circumstances.

New Cat

Now try to imagine how stressful it must be for a kitten taken from its mother and siblings, or an adult cat who doesn’t know what’s happening and why they no longer see the human parents with whom they spent years.

Your cat is likely to be intimidated by what’s happening and in all likelihood their adrenalin may be pumping.

Your companion of years

Much will depend on whether or not your cats are bonded to you or their property.

The following applies to both companions who are moving to a new home and new companions who have just been adopted.

WHAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

hotel meowiott (1)Prepare a room where your new companion will be kept for a while, provide a water bowl and food bowl, litter tray, as well as some kitty toys and a scratching post.

Ideally you need a scratching post with height and a resting place as cats feel more secure if they have height and can look down on others. Catnip will also help and that can be sprinkled on the scratching post.

Ensure that your new friend is microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and sterilised. Most vets will sterilise kittens from the age of 8 weeks.

WHAT MUST HAPPEN AT HOME

Ensure that all the windows and doors are securely closed at home even if it is summer! And if you go outside ensure that your new friend is nowhere near and can slip past you.

Never assume that a cat cannot squeeze through a small space and escape. You are wrong, they can.

Ensure that your companion’s new room is ready on the day you go to collect him/her with food, water, litter, toys and scratching post. And ensure that windows are closed tightly no matter how small or high the gap.

Ensure that there is a cat post near the cat’s bed for ease of use. This will also assist your cat in relieving stress.

(It should go without saying but one sometimes forgets to ensure that the door or lid on the pet carrier is secure so that your new companion cannot push their way out. Again do not assume that a cat cannot work their way out of a pet carrier, they can.)

Only use proper cat litter in the litter tray not earth from the garden.

On arriving home close the door (and leave it open), sit quietly, talk gently and let your new friend come out in his/her time.

Do this for a few days until your new friend appears more relaxed and not hiding away any more.

It can also help to introduce the cat to the new home by taking something that is familiar (if available) with your new companion to their new home.

There are several products on the market that assist your cat to calm down and de-stress which work like a air purifier, collar, spray or calming drops that you may add to their drinking water.

Introduction to the rest of the house

If you have dogs and other cats you will need to have introduced them first, and strict rule of thumb, dogs to be outside during the next step.

Again all doors and windows to be closed … tightly …

Open the room door and invite your new cat to come into the rest of the house and explore, and reassure him/her by talking quietly and sitting quietly – NO LOUD BANGS OR NOISES.

Don’t forget to put your companion back in the room and close the door at night or when you want to open the windows and doors in the rest of the house.

Introduction to the garden

If you have dogs and other cats you will need to have introduced them first, and strict rule of thumb, dogs to be inside during the next step.

After two weeks of getting to know the inside of your home take your cat outside only under supervision and introduce him/her to the garden, talking and reassuring your companion.

Some cats also enjoy walks on a harness and lead which are especially good for skittish cats should you be concerned that your cat might get a fright and run off.

Do this for another week to two weeks before allowing your cat to explore the garden on his/her own, but know at all times where your companion is.

WHY SPEND ALL THIS TIME AND EFFORT?

Cats are natural explorers and adventurers and love climbing so you need to go through this process in order that they know all the sights and sounds associated with you, your family, your property and other pets.

It is for your peace of mind and their safety so they don’t get lost.

 

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