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WTF is renters insurance really, and do I need it?

I live in an apartment, but it doesn't explicitly require renters insurance. I've been renting my own places for four years now, and have gone without it. It seemed like a good thing to have, but not something to prioritize as a working (sometimes struggling) artist. Can y'all help a Homie out and break down what your experiences have been, and any advice you have on renters insurance?

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How do I reclaim my balcony from the pigeons?

Homies, I need your help: pigeons won't leave my 12th-floor balcony alone. After putting up with two rounds of pigeon babies being born and raised because I had a heart or something, enough is enough. My cat chirps at them, and if they see her, they fly away — but then they come right back. I bought a plastic owl with a rotating head, but unless I move it around the balcony every day, they get wise to it and ignore it. Am I doomed to this owl-repositioning fate forever? Or are there other options?
Help! There's so much poop!

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Readying yourself for life with multiple cats (and other pets) in a small space

My fianc√©, Derek, and I recently settled down into a cozy little apartment. The first big decision we made in our new home was to open our doors to cats. Our apartment is great, but it's also pretty cozy (read: small), so we had to make some adjustments to accommodate the new members of our little household. Here's what we found works for us. Some of this information is cat-specific, but a lot of it applies more broadly to keeping any mix of pets in a small apartment together, like multiple dogs, ferrets, or bunnies…

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How to help your freedom-loving dog adjust to life in an apartment

When I moved across the country last year, I was mildly worried about how my husband and I would settle into a new place and new jobs. However, I can honestly say I was afraid of how our dog, Gidget, would adjust to living in a 700-square-foot apartment. Fortunately, our worries were unfounded and months later she has become the perfect apartment dog. Here's what we did to help make the transition easier on all of us…