Dear Heloise: I wanted to share a hint for those who have cats. Even though my cat is declawed (front paws only), she would SCRATCH UP some of my furniture with her back claws.

One of the technicians at the veterinary office told me that there is a product that can be placed over the nail to eliminate the problem. It is a soft nail cap that is glued on to the cat’s nails. They can last up to six weeks, and cats usually don’t have a problem with them. It is an easy solution for those who are having problems or don’t want to have their cats declawed. -- S.L. in San Antonio

Great idea! You usually can purchase these at a pet-supply store. If you can’t do them at home, check with your vet, who may be able to do it for a small fee. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Taley A. in San Antonio sent in a picture of her toy poodle, Coco, playing in her gym bag. Taley says that Coco is a sweet puppy who loves to go to the beach and snuggle. To see Coco’s picture, go to my Web site,, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I need your help. Can you tell me how to remove rust from clothing? I have had a garment for years and do not want to get rid of it. -- Shelly in South Carolina

Shelly, you can try good old white vinegar to remove the stain. Dab the stain with a clean cloth damp with vinegar, working from the outside in. If that doesn’t work, there are very good commercial rust removers at the grocery store, usually in the fabric dye section. They should be able to get the stain out. Be sure to follow the directions carefully. DON’T use chlorine bleach on a rust stain! Do you have other hard-to-remove laundry stains that you need help with? Order my pamphlet Heloise’s Handy Stain Guide for Clothing. To order, send $5 along with a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Stain Guide, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Remember to always place the stain facedown on paper towels when working on removal to push it through to the paper towel. -- Heloise

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Dear Heloise: Recently, the button on my favorite pair of jeans fell off. My creative and crafty friend had the idea to sew a new button on. We went to a crafts store and picked out the cutest button, and in minutes a new button was sewed on. Now I sew new, individualized buttons on most of my jeans. Be careful not to buy too big of a button, though, because the jean loop still needs to fit around the button. -- Corrie C. in Minnesota

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