Environmentally Safe Pet Care

You can learn new tricks, well actually old tricks to use for pet problems, getting rid of bugs and getting rid of garden pests. These ways have been used throughout generations. These techniques were used by my granny and her granny before her. These are great alternatives to using and spraying harmful chemicals.

First let’s discuss taking care of pet problems. We will start with man’s best friend, your dog. If you have a dog at home. Chances are it has had ticks before. To help loosen a tick, put a drop of mineral or vegetable oil in the tick. Then pull gently but steadily, if you loosen the tick first. You can remove it intact.

To catch fleas, put a shallow pan filled with water and dishwashing liquid in the infested room. At night time turn on a lamp right over the pan. Turn off all other lights in that room. Fleas will jump and fall into the pan. Change the pan as needed. Continue this process for at least two weeks, to catch all newly hatched fleas. To keep fleas off your dog, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to your dogs water.

If your dog chews on his paws when he’s bored, just paint the spot he chews with clove oil. It is safe for your dog, so don’t worry. To stop your dog from digging holes, crumble a toilet refresher cake and spread the pieces where the dog likes to dig. When your dog has a run in with a skunk, well let’s just say he will not smell like a flower. Instead of a messy and expensive tomato juice bath, try bathing your dog in equal parts of vinegar and water.

Now we will move onto our pampered cats. You know the old saying, you haven’t been ignored until you’ve been ignored by your cat. If you have a cat that lives inside, sometimes they have to have a bath. Most cats really hate water. Here is one way to bathe your cat, without getting clawed to pieces. Fold a towel in half and sew up 2 of the 3 sides. Put your cat inside the towel, leaving his head out. Use a drawstring or safety pins to secure the towel around your cat’s neck. Just make sure it is not tight enough to choke him Dip the cat into warm water that has shampoo in it and rub the cat gently. Take your cat out and remove him from the wet towel, and dry him off. He may not like this, and may ignore you for awhile, but he will be clean.

To cut down on kitty box litter odor, always sprinkle the bottom with baking soda. To keep your cat from scratching your wooden furniture, rub chili sauce or hot sauce on it and buff it. Cats hate anything that is hot and spicy. If your cat is urinating in your home, just dip a cotton ball in lemon extract. Squeeze out the excess and put the cotton ball in an aluminum tea ball. Hang it up by it’s hook in the spot where your cat keeps going. Refresh it once a week until your cat is trained.