PET HINTS 

 
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Tuesday August 02, 2016 10:10:47 AM

 

A little Brewers Yeast daily, into your pet's food will help to discourage fleas.

A teaspoon of Olive Oil on your pet's food every day will give your pet a glossy coat of fur and help to stop dry skin itching.

Burrs: Crush burrs with pliers before combing out of your pet's hair. This makes removal much easier.

KEEPING CATS OUT OF THE GARDEN:
To keep cats out of the garden, make some small holes in the bottom of an old plastic milk jug. Put some mothballs inside the jug and put lid back on it. Hang it on your garden fence or close to the garden. A lot of animals don't like the smell of mothballs and you put them in the  jug to keep them dry so they smell longer. This won't harm the little kitty. Loose mothballs; however, are not recommended as they are poisonous.
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When we had a garden (and there were lots of feral kitties around us in that neighbourhood which was near a park),
we just scattered fresh orange or lemon peels throughout the areas and that seemed to do the trick. Cats do not like
 the smell of citrus peels, which are harmless since the kitties don't bother them at all.

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Please do not ever put things like Tabasco sauce or other harmful things  anywhere that a helpless little animal  might be blinded or made terribly sick by eating or coming into contact with it.
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Keep cats out of a raised veggie bed, by placing bamboo skewers about 8 to 12 inches apart in a grid pattern. You want them to be close enough, so that cats are  uncomfortable digging or even walking through the garden. Buy the skewers at the dollar store. They are cheap and non-toxic. The skewers can be easily removed as the plants grow and fill in the space.
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Lay down some chicken wire and cover with a thin layer of dirt. Cats love to dig, and they can't do it through the wire. Your plants will still come up through the wire spaces.
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Broken pecan and walnut shells work.
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I would lay down stones, rocks, pebbles or pine cones. Unlike sprays, they’re decorative, safe, inexpensive, and durable.
 Cats won't bother moving these around when they can find exposed dirt elsewhere. Another idea I heard from Petkeeping with Marc Marone, is to lay down chicken  wire around plants, and cover with dirt or mulch. His intention was for digging dogs, but it could also work for cats.

KEEPING CATS OUT OF PLANTERS WITHOUT CHEMICALS :

Never Use Loose Mothballs

The following is from the Purina Website.  The site clearly lists Mothballs as a potential poison whereas cats are concerned. The use of mothballs is NOT recommended. Please err in the side of caution when dealing with the health of any member of your family, be they two legged, four-legged, winged or scaled.

Many common household items have been shown to be lethal in certain species. Miscellaneous items that are  highly toxic even in low quantities include  pennies (high concentration of zinc), mothballs (contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, one or two balls  can be life-threatening in most species), potpourri oils, fabric softener sheets, automatic dish detergents (contain cationic  detergents which could cause corrosive  lesions), batteries (contain acids or alkali which  can also cause corrosive lesions),  homemade play dough (contains high quantity of salt), winter heat source  agents like hand or foot warmers (contain high levels of iron), cigarettes, coffee grounds, and alcoholic drinks.

Pine Cones:

 - Lots and lots of pine cones.  The stickier the better! Just put them all around the stem(s) and fill the pot with them. You can water through them, and cats will not have anything to do with them. They will eventually disintegrate and you can replace them with new ones.

Plastic Garden Fencing - Cut a piece of plastic garden fencing (in your choice of colors) the diameter
 of your pot or planter, plus a couple of edges. Weave a few narrow bamboo plant stakes, or skewers, or twigs through  the edges, and then staple the woven
fence fabric to the edges of the pot, but only about 2/3 of the way around. You can gently lift up one edge to plant
 little plants, or plant seeds, and they will grow through the fence weave fabric. You can even replant a second
 year by poking holes with a skewer and dropping the seeds in, placing the soil back over the top and watering.

Nylon Netting: For keeping cats out of the soil of big
 potted house plants, try this. Buy some nylon netting at the fabric store, brown or black would blend in best, and cut it  in a circle to fit on the pot (with a slit  from one side to the middle). Slide it around the plant and lay on top of the dirt. Water and fertilizer can still reach the roots, and the cat doesn't like the texture of the netting and won't
climb or dig in the dirt.

Thorny Rose Cuttings:  

To help keep cats out of flower boxes between blooms, save small rose branch cuttings and stick them in the box soil straight up. The cats push them out of the way if they are lying down. They should eventually get the drift that  this box is off limits.

Herbal Remedies:

There are many herbs that cats don't like to be around, including lavender, rue,  geranium, absinthe, and lemon-thyme.
Also, a German professional gardener, Dieter Stegmaier of Essingen, has created a hybrid so repulsive to cats, they stay a yard away from it. It smells like schnapps to us, and is actually a pretty and hardy plant with blue flowers that bloom throughout most of the summer. Its Latin name is Coleus canin. You can order it through various mail order services in Germany.

Cockroach Baits: Mix equal parts of Boric acid powder, Flour, Cornmeal or Sugar. Place this in some small lids in areas that they are know to be. (Keep this away from pets and children).

Clean milking equipment. Rinse with Vinegar to leave system clean, odourless, and bacteria free without harmful chemical residue.

Collars: An old belt, cut down and new holes punched in it, makes a wonderful pet collar.

Dog's  EAR PROBLEMS: My dog had an ear infection and an  associate at our pet clinic prescribed  the very expensive medication. On our next occasion when we visited
 for yet another ear infection, the vet, and owner of the clinic, recommended  1/2 alcohol to 1/2 Vinegar. I used a suction bulb to get the mixture in my  dog's ear then remove it. There was
 lots of yucky stuff. I did this twice a  day until the infection cleared and  she was never had another ear infection.

Add Vinegar To Pet's Water  To get rid of fleas, use Apple Cider Vinegar! Add a bit to your pet's drinking water and it really helps! I have 3 small dogs that are prone to fleas and we no longer have that problem.

Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet. Blot up urine with a soft cloth, flush several times with lukewarm water, and then apply a mixture of equal parts vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse, and let dry.

Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat's ear. (if the cat will let you!) Massage it in, and then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing. 

Feet: Spray the bottoms of your dog's feet with non-stick vegetable spray, and the snow won't get packed between the pads. The vegetable spray won't track onto the floor, either.

Fish bowl cleaner. Eliminate that ugly deposit in the gold fish tank by rubbing it with a cloth dipped in Vinegar and rinsing well.

Fleas: To fight Fleas indoors, mix a several drops of oil of Rosemary, pennyroyal or citronella to Bi Carb Soda sprinkled on carpet, then vacuum up.

Food: Sprinkle Bi Carb Soda around the outside of pet dishes to keep insects away from the pet food.

Grapes - The toxicity of grapes to dogs was once Thought to be an urban legend, but it's true; even a small serving can cause vomiting and diarrhea, while Larger amounts can lead to kidney failure. Researchers aren't yet sure what exactly causes this reaction, whether Pesticides or a fungal toxin.

Hair: To remove pet hair from upholstery, use a damp sponge.

If your small pet knocks over an outside water dish, use an angel food cake pan instead and drive a stake through the centre hole.

Inexpensive shampoo for dogs: Try Baby Shampoo as it is gentle on dog's with sensitive skin like mine and it is less expensive.

Keep cats away. Sprinkle Vinegar on an area to discourage cats from walking, sleeping, or scratching on it.

Keep Chickens from pecking each other. Add Cider Vinegar to their drinking water.

Keep dogs from scratching ears. Clean the inside of the ears with a soft cloth dipped in diluted Vinegar.

Kill fleas instantly. Dawn Dish Washing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations.

Kills fleas instantly. Dawn Dish Washing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas. You can also put a bowl of water with dawn in it under a light which will attract them and they drown. 

Mineral Supplements: Dry egg shells and crush them very finely. Add them to cat and dog food.

Paint Remover: To remove fresh paint from a pet's fur, use cooking oil to remove the paint. It works just as well as paint thinner, and it's lots gentler.

PUPSICLES FOR DOGS: Put  put some Kibbles and Bits in a ice cube tray then fill with chicken broth,  I cover this with saran wrap, stick 
some rawhide sticks in the middle,
 and let freeze.

Puppy Urine: To remove it, sop up as much moisture as possible with paper towels. Blot (don't rub) the spot with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of non-alkaline detergent per half pint of lukewarm water, working from the outside to the inside of the area. Rinse with clear tap water. To remove odour, blot the spot with a mixture of 1/3 cup white Vinegar in 2/3 cup warm water, and sprinkle with Baking Soda/ Bi Carb Soda. Cover with 1/2 inch layer of paper towels weighted down by a heavy book and leave to dry.

Rainy day cure for dog odour... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh. 

Repellent: If you want to keep pets off the furniture (and you have no small children), tuck mothballs under the seat cushions.

Rub fur with full strength Vinegar and rinse.

Tuna etc: Whenever you open a can of Salmon, Tuna etc drain juice off and freeze for your pets. On a hot day excellent ice block or drizzle over his dry dog food for an extra incentive to eat it. They will love it. Nothing to waste. Remember this one!

Upset stomach: If your dog has an upset stomach, boil some rice and add it to his or her food.

Vaseline cure for hair balls..... To prevent troublesome hair balls, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.