Hints From Heloise

Saturday, March 7, 2009; 12:00 AM

Cat in a Basket

Dear Heloise: I have found that GIFT BASKETS are great for cats. Once all the items are used and the packaging materials removed, a towel or baby blanket can be placed in the bottom to make a cat bed.

I donate the baskets I no longer want to stray-cat adoption agencies found in several local large pet stores. The cats seem to enjoy the cozy place to lie while waiting for new homes! I am sure other rescues would find them useful, too! -- Elizabeth, via e-mail

Cats do love to lounge, and a repurposed basket is just purr...fect! Pet shelters welcome items like these, so check to see what they need. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My mother's dog, Cadi, suffocated on a dog-treat bag. While my mother went to her garage, Cadi managed to open the closet door, put her head into the treat bag to get a snack, and it got stuck and would not come off. My mother returned to find her dog dead with the bag stuck on her head. She tried to resuscitate her, but Cadi died.

I am writing this letter to let pet owners know to keep their treats locked up or out of a pet's reach. -- Rebecca, via e-mail

Rebecca, please know that we all weep with you and your mother about this tragic loss. Readers, please watch out for your pets. -- Heloise.


Dear Heloise: Buy a BLANK, reflective house-number square from a local home-improvement store and cut it to fit on your dog's tags.

Glue vet or doctor business cards onto free magnets you receive in the mail and store on the fridge. -- Cindy Organ, Spring Branch, Texas


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