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How do I wash and soften a sheepskin rug?

How do I wash a sheepskin rug? I am catsitting, and the cat peed on my fairly large, long-haired sheepskin rug. The wool is real, not imitated. I put it in the washing machine on the wool-program (30 ...
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How to remove dog slobber from clothing without laundering?

Most dog owners know the situation: You have just changed into freshly laundered clothes and of course your pooch runs up or past you, touching your pant leg briefly. And there it is - the dreaded ...
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Secure weather stripping against cat

Early in her life, our cat devised a brilliant method to ask to come in. She plucks the weather stripping at the edge of the door. This sends a surprisingly sonorant POP throughout the house that can ...
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How to prevent stray dogs from climbing on top of my car?

Background: I park my car on the side of the road right opposite my house (so do all my neighbors). Problem: A stray dog climbs on my car (I can see from the pugmarks made in dust that was already on ...
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How can animal dander be completely removed from clothing?

Normal washing does not completely remove animal proteins embedded in clothing. Is there a substance that can break down the proteins and render them harmless to allergy sufferers without breaking ...
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Pet detecting sensor

I'm looking for a way to detect when my cat enters a specific room of the house. My ideal set up would some sort of sensor in the doorway that triggers a notification of some sort when it recognizes ...
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How to build a detector to keep cats off kitchen counters

Our 2 cats like to jump on our kitchen counters, which we would like to prevent. We currently have: a ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Mat, which gives a mild electric shock when stood on; however, this ...
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Need sensor to sound remote alarm when dog crosses a line

We have a dog (rescued from a puppy mill) that goes to the back door when she needs to go out, but she doesn't make any noise. After a couple of minutes, she does her business right by the back door. :...
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How to apply medicine on dog's snout?

My dog have a condition that makes her snout a little dry and prone to brittle. We went to a vet and she prescribed a sticky lotion-like medicine to apply on my dog's snout twice a day. Problem is, ...
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What is the best way to keep you cat off your car?

Every morning when I wake up, I have cat paw prints all over the car. Is there any way to harmlessly deter the cat(s)?
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keeping cats out of open loft

I have rented an apartment, that has open area above the kitchen cabinets where the ducts and electric items are. Any advice what to put up to prevent cats from jumping from counters to top of duct ...
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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts

I have cats occupying my boiler room. Unfortunately, my cats are climbing all over the place and are often tearing the flexible air ducts which provide the house with fresh air and warmth. Image for ...
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How can I get rid of cats?

My previous neighbor started to feed any and every cat that went close to his property, he is no longer around but he didn't take the cats with him. Currently I have like 4 or 5 cats daily messing ...
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How to effectively remove cat hair from clothes (e.g. T-shirts) of thin cotton?

I was told several times that the most effective way is simply to move my wet hand (palm) over the cloth (and cat's hair will be on the palm). But in my case it's not true. Maybe, because in my case ...
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Stop free-roaming dogs from entering my property

I have a house that enters into an alley. With the snow, I can see all the tracks from the dog(s) that come into my yard. Today, I saw a few piles of dog feces that I had to clean up before coming ...
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Keeping cats out of an area

A friends parking lot is regularly full of cat droppings left by numerous felines in the area. As you can imagine, it's quite a nuisance; he regularly needs to wash it to avoid swimming walking in the ...
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Protecting cords against chewing pets?

I’m interested in ways to protect cords against chewing pets. What might be used to armor a light-guage power cord or USB charging cords? Since these items already have ends on them I can’t just pass ...
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How do I feed my fish while I'm on vacation?

I need my pet fish to be fed while I'm on vacation for a couple weeks. How can I do that without asking other people to help? I don't want to leave my fish with anyone else, and I don't want to let ...
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How to cause my cat to bring in a dead thing [closed]

Yesterday, my cat brought in a dead mouse. I tried to catch it from her and save it, but she just killed it. When she killed it I thought it was very cute when she held a dead thing in her jaw, so I ...
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How to catch a loose parakeet without running him down?

I have two pet parakeets, neither of which has their wings clipped. We frequently open their cage and let them fly around the house, and this is rarely an issue as they generally stick to a couple ...
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How to prevents my kittens from putting nose in my coffee

I tend to enjoy what are effectivly a solutions of various poisons in water (AKA tea, coffee and coffee with milk). They are not exactly healthy for my babies so I need to have constant vigilance. Is ...
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How do I deal with an affectionate nipping cat [closed]

My cat Simon is awesome and affectionate however when he doesn't get his way he will start nipping at my calves and ankles. I don't want to scold him and yet I don't want to get bit either. He isn't ...
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How can i prevent a drinking glass from getting knocked over?

In really rare case when i use a drinking glass on my desk (often I just use bottles) I accidently push it with my elbow, or my cat does it and I need to clean my desk or keyboard. That happens ...
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How do I manage my cat food in the absence of maid?

I have a cat at home. My maid is on leave for a week and am not available at home from 9am to 5pm(everyday). How do I manage the cats lunch? If I serve the lunch in the morning(before leaving home) it ...
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How to avoid pigeons eating my dog's food and pooping my car / front yard?

I keep my dog's food and water on my backyard, pigeons eat all his food and drink his water every time they get the chance. My dog stays on the front yard most of the time and whenever he sees pigeons,...
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Dog hair in washing machine

I have recently moved flats, and previous tenants of my current apartment were avid dog owners. Unfortunate consequence of this is that washing machine covers every piece of clothing with lots of dog ...
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How can I keep cats out of guest room, permanently?

If have a guest room in the apartment, and 2 cats, and they have a long-term guest (1-4 weeks stay) in the room who strongly objects to cat presence for health reasons, what can be a possible way to ...
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How can I automatically open my chicken coop door in the morning?

Every morning I walk outside to let my chickens out of their coop. Every night, I need to lock them back in to keep them safe from predators. Is there something I can rig up to automate this?
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How to stop cats from chewing my headphones?

How can I prevent my cats from chewing up my headphones? I've gone through two sets of earbuds recently and don't want to keep having to buy new ones regularly. Solutions that involve buying a ...
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How can I keep my cat off my keyboard?

This is a common scenario when typing: When the family assembled for Sunday dinner, With their minds made up that they wouldn't get thinner On Argentine joint, potato^DR&FTGYB`...
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How to get cat pee smell out of a camera

Yes, you read it right! I was staying with friends and their rotten little furball peed in my handbag. Anything soft, like my cloth wallet, was a write-off. Anything hard, like keys, just needed a ...
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Humanely persuade neighbourhood cat not to defecate in my garden

One of my neighbours cats keeps using my garden as a litter box. This is quite unhygienic, especially for children. I've tried shooing the cat away every time I see it, but this strategy clearly isn'...
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How can I stop cat hair getting onto my bathroom towels?

I have three cats which all have medium to long hair. They shed almost continuously, even after being brushed. "Their" room is the laundry, that's where they're fed and, if they choose to, sleep. The ...
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How can I best to get rid of/avoid dog hair on clothes

Our labrador has long white hair and even though we regularly brush her and vacuum clean to get rid of as much as we can, we're constantly finding white hairs on clothes - even before ironing/hanging ...
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How do I effectively remove dog hair from carpets?

My dog's hair gets on surfaces like the carpets'. Its hard to get them off. I have to literally scratch the hair out or use brute force to remove it with a broom. I've tried vacuuming but it wasn't ...
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Which is the best lure to use on a mousetrap?

A mouse has appeared in my house and is apparently hiding inside the washing machine. I tried to shake it out and turn it on but the little varmint still didn't come out. So now I am going to use a ...
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Is there an easy way to remove animal feces from the soles of my boots?

Specifically, I stepped in canine fecal matter with deep-treaded hiking boots. The process to remove the foreign substance was arduous and tiresome. Hot water, dish soap and the use of brushes did the ...
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Life Hacks for Urine Guard

Urine Guard is a product for animals that protects from them spraying the walls with Urine. I need a substitute for this, because the original product is to small and my pet jumps and sprays. Also, ...
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How to get Urine stains out of carpet

I recently got a puppy, and he is still not quite house trained. I attempt to clean up his accidents right away, but they still leave a small stain. I can see small circles on the carpet where he has ...
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