Helpful Pet Tips 

 Originally Written: September 20, 2011

By  Hanna Trafford

I have a cat and a dog – both of them are getting on in years and just last weekend, we had a family member visiting, who also brought her one years old puppy with her. That reminded me to add some helpful pet tips here – we can all use some help when it comes to out furry friends!

1. How to Prevent Doggy Turf Wars:

To ensure that your dog doesn’t feel put out by a visiting new playmate, make sure you fill his bowl first – before feeding the visitor. And the key is also to pet your dog first – always – that will establish him as the dominant pet and reassure him of his importance in your household.

2. How to Make you Dog Come to You Every Time:

If you have one of those happy puppies who master all commands except the one you want him to – to come to you when you call him, try this: Ask him to “Come”  then walk backwards a few steps and say “Come” again. As he starts to walk towards you, praise him by saying “Good boy” And as he reaches you, give him a treat to reinforce that he is doing the right thing.

3, How to Stop Your Cat’s “Love Nipping”:

This happens quite a bit – each time you pet your cat, she may bare her teeth and give you a little “Love bite” It may not be pleasant and you have to worry that she will do it to children as well. To stop this behaviour, fill a tin can with pennies and as soon as you see your cat getting ready to nibble on you, rattle the can. The noise will distract her and pretty soon, she will associate that unpleasant noise with biting and it should stop her actions for good.

4. How to Solve Hairball Problems:

Not only are you tired of cleaning up hairball mess, you may also wonder how to help your cat to prevent from choking on a hair ball. And the best is a natural way – here is homemade cure: Mix about 1 teaspoon of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) into her food every day – the pumpkin fibre helps fur pass through the intestines.And unlike other remedies – like petroleum jelly, it will not impede nutrient absorption.


Hope these tips were helpful to you – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!





Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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