Living Tiny with Pets!

Embracing the minimalist lifestyle of living in a tiny house can be an incredibly rewarding experience. With limited space and a focus on simplicity, tiny house living allows us to redefine our relationship with material possessions. However, for those who are pet owners or aspire to become one, a common concern arises: can our furry friends thrive in the cozy confines of a tiny house?

The notion of sharing your tiny home with a pet might seem daunting at first. Questions arise about their comfort, well-being, and the logistics of accommodating their needs within such a compact space. After all, how can a tiny house accommodate their natural instincts to roam, play, and find their own sanctuary?

In this blog post, we will explore the struggles of living with a pet in a tiny house and offer practical tips and insights to help you navigate these challenges. From choosing the right pets for small spaces to creating safe and comfortable environments, we’ll delve into the various aspects of pet ownership in the context of tiny house living. By addressing concerns such as exercise, feeding areas, litter box management, and storage solutions, we aim to provide guidance for pet owners looking to make their tiny house a happy home for their beloved companions.

While the idea of raising pets in a tiny house may seem daunting, it’s important to remember that with careful planning and a bit of creativity, it is indeed possible to create a harmonious living environment for both you and your furry friends. So, if you’re ready to embark on this unique journey of tiny house living with a pet, let’s dive in and discover how to overcome the challenges together.

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How do you make a tiny house pet friendly?

Space Optimization: When it comes to living with a pet in a tiny house, space optimization is key. Consider multi-functional furniture that can serve as both human and pet spaces. For example, a built-in bench can double as a cozy nook for your pet with hidden storage underneath for their toys and supplies. Utilize vertical space by installing shelves or catwalks for cats to climb and explore. By making the most of every inch, you can provide your pet with designated areas while maximizing your living space.

Safe and Comfortable Retreats: Pets, just like humans, need a place to relax and unwind. Create safe and comfortable retreats for your furry friends within the tiny house. For cats, provide elevated perches or cozy hideaways near the ground, depending on their preferences. Dogs may benefit from a designated crate or a comfortable corner with their bed. Consider incorporating pet-friendly materials that are easy to clean and durable, ensuring a hygienic and long-lasting environment.

Outdoor Access: While tiny houses have limited indoor space, it’s crucial to provide pets with opportunities for outdoor access. Install a pet-friendly door or create a catio (a cat patio) that connects to a window, allowing your feline friend to enjoy fresh air and sunshine in a secure enclosure. For dogs, consider adding a fenced outdoor area adjacent to your tiny house, allowing them to freely roam and engage in physical activities. Outdoor access not only provides mental and physical stimulation but also helps prevent your pet from feeling confined in the limited indoor space.

Smart Storage Solutions: Keeping your tiny house organized is essential when living with a pet. Invest in clever storage solutions to keep pet accessories, such as leashes, toys, and food bowls, neatly tucked away. Use hooks, baskets, or hanging organizers to make the most of vertical space. Incorporate hidden compartments or built-in cabinets to conceal litter boxes, ensuring a clean and odor-free environment. By efficiently managing your pet’s belongings, you can maintain a clutter-free and functional tiny house.

Remember, living with a pet in a tiny house requires careful consideration and planning. By optimizing space, providing safe retreats, ensuring outdoor access, and implementing smart storage solutions, you can create a pet-friendly environment that caters to both your needs and the needs of your beloved companion. With patience, creativity, and a deep bond with your pet, you can make your tiny house a joyful and comfortable home for everyone involved.


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Tiny Mountain Houses offer a variety of floor plans for our tiny houses on wheels to meet your needs as well as your pets needs!

What type of pets are best for tiny living?

When it comes to choosing pets for tiny house living, certain animals are better suited to small spaces than others. Here are some of the best types of pets for tiny house living:

Cats: Cats are often considered ideal companions for tiny house living. They are naturally agile and independent, requiring less space to roam compared to dogs. Cats can entertain themselves and are generally low-maintenance, making them well-suited for smaller living environments.

Small or Medium-Sized Dogs: While larger dog breeds may struggle in tiny houses due to their size and need for ample exercise, smaller or medium-sized dogs can adapt well. Breeds such as Chihuahuas, French Bulldogs, or Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can be a good fit for tiny house living, provided they receive regular exercise and mental stimulation.

Small Rodents: Pets like guinea pigs, mice, and rabbits are compact and can comfortably live in cages or enclosures within a tiny house. They require minimal space and can bring joy and companionship without taking up too much room.

Reptiles: Certain reptiles, such as geckos, turtles, or small snakes, can thrive in tiny house environments. They typically require controlled habitats, which can be easily accommodated within limited space.

Fish: Fish are an excellent choice for tiny house living, especially if you have limited floor space. Aquariums can be compact and placed on shelves or mounted on walls, adding beauty and a sense of tranquility to your tiny home.

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Focus on adaptive spaces

Adaptive space is crucial in a pet-friendly tiny house. It ensures pets’ comfort, safety, and happiness while optimizing functionality. By creating designated areas for pets to relax, sleep, and eat, you provide them with a sense of security. Separate eating spaces maintain cleanliness and prevent accidents. Efficient storage solutions keep pet accessories organized. Additionally, incorporating features like catwalks or play areas promotes exercise and mental stimulation. Overall, adaptive space in a pet-friendly tiny house enhances the well-being of both pets and owners. 

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What is the Process for Getting a Pet Friendly Tiny Home?

Overall, buying a tiny house on wheels requires careful research, planning, and decision-making. However, the end result can be a unique and sustainable home that meets your needs and lifestyle. We will go into details of the process below:

Research Your Tiny Home

It is always important to take time to choose a qualified trustworthy builder to construct your tiny house on wheels. The first step is to decide what layout you want in your tiny house or what things are most important to you in your build. That way you can convey that to the builder early and it will be a focal point. When researching builders it is often times helpful to ask for references from previous builds and possibly some pictures and videos as well. Once you find a builder that constructs what you are after and get a quote of the exact cost.

Funding Your Tiny Home

Once you know how much your tiny home will cost you will need a way to pay for the home. If you are paying cash see what your builder’s terms are and pay for the home. If the home is going to be financed there will be extra steps depending on the lender. Often times the lender may request a purchase agreement or additional paperwork. Each lender is different so let your us know who you intend to work with and they will help you appease them from there.

Ordering Your Tiny Home

Once the funds are in order you are ready to place an order on your tiny house. Connect with us and finalize all the paperwork and get your home slotted for production. At this time we will decide on all colors finishes etc so you will know exactly what your tiny house on wheels will look like inside and out. As the build begins we will send you pictures and updates along the process

Installing Your Tiny Home

Once the home is completed it will need to be delivered to its location and connected to utilities. The home is usually transported to the location by us and as long as we can access the site we can help level the unit as well. Once the home is set utilities should be connected and tested.  In some cases, certain utilities will need to be connected by a professional. Next all that’s left is to enjoy the tiny house lifestyle!

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How can I customize my tiny house for my pets?

At Tiny Mountain Houses we want your pet to be as happy and comfortable in the tiny house as you are! This is why we offer a variety of options to make your tiny house pet perfect! We offer solutions such as custom storage areas for your pet’s supplies, pet access to the home through smart technology, creative spaces for litter boxes, custom pet-friendly lofts, pet-accessible stairs, and much more! If you have an idea for making your home the perfect pet-friendly tiny house we would love to talk to you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? You aren’t alone, take a look at our FAQ’s below. If your question is still unanswered feel free to contact us using the form on this page.

What do I do with crates or kennels?

There are several great options when it comes to space-saving crates for your pets. Obviously, the enclosure needs to be large enough to contain the animal comfortably but what about when it is not in use? Fortunately, there are several soft-sided and collapsable options on the market today! Simply bring out the enclosure when needed and then store the crate or kennel when not in use.

What type of flooring is best with pets?

With such a small footprint and limited floor space in a tiny house, all areas will get a lot more foot as well as paw traffic than a traditional home. Higher traffic means more of a chance for your pet to drag in dirt and leaves. Animals are usually very good at shedding as well! Add all these together and keeping the home clean sounds like a full-time job! Fortunately, there are several pet-friendly floors we offer to help keep your home looking great! To find out more contact us today to see your flooring options!

What about bathing my pet?

Many pets need regular grooming and bathing to keep them in optimal health and happiness. Washing an uncooperative pet in a small space sounds like a recipe for disaster. This is why we recommend purchasing a portable bathing station that can be used outside. This will make bath time much easier for you and your pet! If you want to take it a step further and install a dog wash for your pup let us know!

Can a dog door be installed in my tiny house?

Of course! We offer several pet-friendly amenities to make tiny house living with your pet more comfortable! Just simply let us know what you and your pet need and we can provide some solutions! We have done smart dog and cat doors to allow only certain animals in and out of the house if you are concerned with unwanted visitors! Reach out today and see what we can offer your pet!

Can special accommodations be made for a larger enclosure such as a terrarium or fish tank?

Definitely! All animals from iguanas to goldfish and everything in between are welcome in our tiny houses! Simply let us know the dimensions of the enclosure, the weight, and any needed utilities and we can handle the rest! Our expert designers will craft a custom solution for your pet to ensure they are happy, healthy, and comfortable in your tiny house!