Smart Pet Solutions

Having pets is great – but they do occasionally present a challenge. Like tangled fur, tummy problems, noisy conversations and all the other issues. Here are a few tips that may help you:

Pain-free de-tangling of your pet’s coat:

You can ease tangled fur on a cat or a dog by sprinkling a pinch of cornstarch on the problem area. The slippery starch will coat the strands and it will be much easier to pull them apart. Then just use your fingers to divide the mat, starting at the ends of the hair and working inward toward your pet’s body. If you are dealing with a particularly tough patch, clip the mat in half with round tip scissors – make sure you angle the blades away from your pet’s body.

Using automatic feeders:

If you know you will be away from home when it’s time for feeding, put on the automatic feeder. But – your cat has already figured out how to release more food. So next time you need to use the automatic feeder, place it on a lazy Susan – the rotating platform will allow your cat to eat comfortably, but it will also ensure that she can’t get a firm grip on the feeder so she will not be able to release additional food.

End doggy diarrhea:

If you find that your dog ate something that didn’t quite agree with him and now has a diarrhea, you can add plain canned pumpkin to his daily rations. Two teaspoons per bowl for a small dog and two tablespoons for larger breeds will firm up the stool. Pumpkin contains insoluble fiber and will start working within few hours. If the diarrhea persists, you will need to contact your veterinarian.

Help your cat to stay quiet until morning:

Do you have a kitten or a cat that will not stop meowing at night? Try placing a night light within 15 feet of her sleeping area. While felines have a good night vision, they don’t always feel safe in dim settings. The night light will help her get oriented and stay calm.

Get puppy to sleep in his own bed:

You might have spent a good penny on a special puppy bed, only to find out that your little friend prefers to sleep in your bed. It is because dogs are attracted to their owner’s scent – and here is your solution. You will need to “donate” an old piece of your clothing to his bed (like an old t-shirt, but do not wash it before you give it to him) Soon he will be sleeping in his own bed and stay away from yours.

Prevent noisy dog tags:

Hearing the continuous clanking of dog tags may not be the most pleasant noise you want to have around. To put the end to it, encase each tag in clear packing tape and then trim the excess off the corners. The tape will create a buffer that will keep the metal tags from rattling but keep the tag information legible.

Hope you have enjoyed this information and please feel free to send in your comments or additional tips – your input is always welcomed and much appreciated!


About the author

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"