Dear Heloise: When I MOVED, I discovered that my 7-year-old male cat had a hard time adjusting. Pancho displayed his unhappiness by standing rather than crouching when he urinated. I solved the problem by making a taller litter box.

I bought a large container with rope handles. I measured the height of the old litter box and added about an inch and a half to determine the height of the new opening. Then I cut it out and smoothed the edges of the opening.

The container cost $8 and is sturdier than a “store-bought” litter box. The handles make it easier to empty. It needs more litter to accommodate the larger surface area. -- Cathi S., Gatesville, Tex.

“Meow, meow” -- everyone needs a good place to go! -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Becky Mabry of Moss Point, Miss., sent in a photo of her cat Callie (short for Calico Katrina) sleeping with her paw covering her eyes and nose. She has a perfect heart shape in the fur on her forehead, which her owner thought was fitting because she is a big sweetheart. To see Callie’s photo, please visit my Web site at and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I always have a little raw onion left over when using some in a recipe. It seemed that no matter what I stored it in, I could smell it when I opened the refrigerator door.

One day, I stored leftover raw onion in a clean, plastic peanut-butter jar with the lid. It was in my refrigerator for days, and I still couldn’t smell it when I opened the door. -- Karen B., Kent, Ohio


Dear Heloise: “Now in Nebraska” had a suggestion for how to reheat a slice of pizza and keep it from getting soggy. The person said to turn it upside down on a piece of aluminum foil and place it in a toaster oven. I’ve found that a better way is to place it right side up and use the “Broil” setting. It’s a lot neater that way. -- Rich, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: To iron cotton blouses with “pearls” on the front, place a small terry-cloth towel over the end of the ironing board, turn the blouse inside out and press it on the inside. The beading will go into the terry cloth, and the blouse will be ironed smooth. -- Elora in Nipomo, Calif.


Dear Heloise: For small houseplants, I save round or rectangular salad or to-go containers from fast-food places to use as catch containers. Each plate can be used separately or stacked inside each other for more strength. Disposable aluminum plates also work, as do the lids. -- A.R., via e-mail


Dear Heloise: When putting a garment with a decal on it (usually a T-shirt) into the washer, always turn it inside out to protect the decal. -- Doug J., Denham Springs, La.

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