Pet theories

Daksha Hathi

Give your cat a salt water bath
Give your cat a salt water bath

ONE small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home," said writer Pam Brown. When a cat purrs, it is one of the happiest sounds in the world. Here are ways to keep your cat environmentally safe and happy and to make it purr for you.

Now scientists are even advising us to use up cat and other pet droppings in the compost bin. But you should not use that compost for your vegetable garden. It is good to use it for flower gardens or lawns.

You can even compost your petís hair, fur or feathers. Your catís hairballs can go in the compost.

Try non-toxic flea remedies for your cats. The chemical ones have poisonous or toxic ingredients.

Experts on hazardous waste advise that flea powders, if you must use them, should be fully used up and the containers triple rinsed, for reusing the rinse water as a flea killer itself. So then the container can be disposed of at a municipal landfill. All this should alert us to the fact that flea medicines can be very toxic, and it is best not to use them at all.

The best way to rid your cat of fleas is to check out his or her bedding and other areas where it sits or sleeps. Keep on vacuuming the places thoroughly and regularly especially in carpeted and upholstered areas, and the catís sleeping areas.

If your cat has a sleeping basket, line it with newspapers so you can discard them every week or so. Or use an old towel that can be washed regularly.

The most important medicine to have in your house is Brewerís Yeast. If you can make your cat have it, by crushing it and adding it to its favourite food, it will reduce the flea population! It is available in most chemistís shops. Give your pet half a tablespoon of it in wet food everyday. Many cats love the taste.

A simple and easy remedy is to use oranges to solve your catís flea problem. Orange peel works wonderfully to control fleas. Sprinkle freshly grated peel all over beds, sofas, television tops, and other places where your cat sits and sleeps. You can even spray your catís fur with it if it lets you do so.

Keep vacuuming it off after a day or two and putting fresh orange peel over the suspect areas. You will be glad to see the flea population reduce considerably, and that too, with a safe and free remedy.

You can also use lemon peel for this purpose. Grapefruit peel will also work.

Salt water is another very useful rinse for your feline. But keep it away from the eyes and genital areas. The salted rinse will drown the fleas.

Regular brushing of her fur is also a good idea.

Use baking soda to control odour when your cat uses her litter box. Many owners train their cats to use the garden, which is healthier.

Grow some grass in a pot in your house and outside and your cat will happily eat it to help her digestion.

Did you know that you can keep your cat out of your rose bed by planting garlic around it? Cats donít like the smell of garlic either.

Cats are usually cleaner than humans. But if a naughty cat is urinating in a particular part of the house, try putting her food bowl there. She will stop this bad habit.

To get cat hair off your sofas and pillows, rub the fabric with a scouring pad.

Make mazes out of cardboard boxes to amuse your cats. They adore this game.

If your cat is urinating in your lawn, sprinkle some pepper on the grass. Hating the smell it will not go near the lawn.

To stop her from scratching wooden furniture use lemon-scented polish.

Or try rubbing citrus soap on chairs and sofas. The smell will keep the cat away.

If your feline claws the curtains or books, dab a little peppermint oil on to the fabric to warn her off.

A water pistol is a good behaviour tool to use on your cat when she is tearing up your books or sofa covers or whatever she chooses to sharpen her claws.

If you have a small baby, and want to keep the cat away, tie a string of noisy rattles across the babyís pram. It will scare off the cat when and if it jumps up and will also scare the cat off.

Try to make your own scratching post for your feline with a carpet tile stuck to a wall 2 feet up from the floor. Your furniture will remain safe from her claws.

When moving house, put your cat in the bathroom and put a sign on the door to make sure it isnít opened accidentally. Cats usually run away when there is a lot of noise in the pandemonium of shifting furniture, household goods etc.

If you donít want your cat to chew up houseplants spray them with diluted lemon juice.

Lastly, prepare your cat for the arrival of a new baby by sprinkling baby powder and lotion on your skin, before bringing the baby home! This will introduce the cat to the baby in a pleasing and friendly manner.