Posts Tagged ‘Pet Problems’

Couch Cleaning Questions

Dear Home Ec 101, I have tile floors and a couch, this sounds normal enough, but the couch slips and slides all over the tile and drives me crazy. How do I stop the couch from sliding? And the cushions, don’t get me started on the cushions, why won’t they stay on my couch? While…

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How to Wipe Out Ants

Dear Home Ec 101: Help! I have ants milling around my cats’ water bowl. We can’t figure out where they are coming from, but a few more appear each day. They seem to be mostly interested in the water dish, since we tend to keep the rest of the food put away except for meal…

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Odor Removal for Urine Soaked Sofa

Dear Home-Ec 101: Help!! Our adorable, yet slightly dumb dog has decided to use back of our lovely microfiber couch as a toilet! We contacted the manufacturer, who suggested spot cleaning the urine stained area with diluted dish soap. This got the stains out. Unfortunately, the smell of pee still remains. I’ve (unsuccessfully) tried some…

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When Cats Go…On The Bed

Dear Home Ec 101, We recently adopted another stray cat, and while two of the other three cats have adjusted fine, my oldest has not. He decided instead of getting chased around by the new guy, he would instead take up residence on the top floor of the house (where he was always most happy…

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The Furminator Review And Giveaway

Ivy says: Imagine my surprise when, after I posted this post about pet hair on the furniture, a representative from the Furminator contacted me and asked me if I’d like one to review and one to give away! Why yes, yes I would. The Fed Ex man (who, incidentally, is not as cute as Mr.…

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Keeping Fur Off The Furniture

Dear Home Ec 101, My cats seem to drop enough fur to make a few new cats on my furniture every day. It’s ridiculous. How can I both prevent this and keep my furniture fur-free? Thanks, Fuzz Butt Ivy says: There are several things you can do to help keep the pet hair at bay.…

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Flowers for Kitty

Hi Home-eccers- I would hate to have a whole month go by without asking a new question! Hopefully you can help me with this one. I have two small kittens (check out the picture, they’re way cute) and I live in a wee little Chicago apartment. Now that it’s spring, I’d like to have some…

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This blog has gone to the dogs (and cats)

Ivy says: Anyone who has ever read me over at Animal Shak knows I’m somewhat of an animal advocate. I love animals. LOVE! I have 3 pets- 2 cats and a dog who were all rescues or quasi-rescues. I have a hard time understanding why people are still buying dogs and (sometimes) cats from backyard…

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Where to put the, um, cat box scoopings

Ivy says: We get some great questions in email (have one? email us!) and occasionally comments. These questions came from the comments. Commenter Jane writes: I used to use very expensive cat litter (I have three cat boxes), but realized that using the cheapest cat litter and emptying the whole thing every couple of days…

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The rule of catboxes: # of cats + 1

Ivy says: I was speaking with a neighbor recently who was having problems with her cat peeing all over the house. I asked her if she had take the cat to the vet to rule out a kidney infection and she said she had. The vet had suggested she buy more litter boxes. She thought…

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How to keep cats out of the Christmas tree

Ivy says: Rachel wanted to know how to keep the cats out of the Christmas tree.  I only wish this worked as well for curious toddlers as it does for cats! Cats hate the smell of citrus- particularly oranges, but lemons work as well. I spray an orange based cleaning product like Orange Clean on…

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Keep It Down, Fido!

Ivy says: As I was laying down to go to sleep last night, the dog in the house behind me decided to start barking. And he barked. And he barked. And he barked some more, for good measure. This happens just about every night, but with the cooler weather, it is worse for everyone that…

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Belittling The Cat Litter Box

Dear Home-Ec 101, Why is cleaning out cat boxes such an ordeal? How can I make my cat’s litter box smell better if I’m a little bit remiss about getting them scooped every day? What about the LitterMaid? Does that actually work? Signed, Scoopless in Saratoga Ivy says: Man, do I ever feel your pain.…

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Stupid questions, volume 6

Ivy says: Kathy and her pal Rox came up with some stupid questions for me last night over cups of coffee. So if they’re stupider than usual, you can blame the coffee! 1. I’m addicted to coffee! Do you have a good “food” recipe for breakfast, lunch and dinner that includes coffee taste? (This one…

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