The stage has been set;
Fall enters, followed by rain —
Cue the violins.
— haiku by Lura Osgood, Pleasant Hill
Halloween pet tips
The Humane Society of the United States wants to remind us that humans aren't the only ones susceptible to frightening activity on Halloween.
The best place for pets today is a safe, quiet spot, well out of the way of activities, says the HSUS. I agree.
Here are a few handy tips for making Halloween a safe holiday for your pets:
I am an animal lover, particularly cats (my husband and I had six). When we were "catless" once for about three months we decided it was time to get another two cats (we enjoy two at a time).
We went to the animal shelter to find a cat. The man working there pointed out a particularly friendly little black cat. We adopted him. This man told us how to introduce our next cat to this one.
He said that for about a week before we were to get the second cat, I should wear the same perfume every day and spray my hand and pet the top of the head of our existing cat.
When we finally found the second cat, we had to wait five days to get him because he was a stray. When we were able to get "Charlie" I brought the carrier, and the perfume. Just before we took him into the house to meet "Higgins," I sprayed my hand and petted his head.
When we brought him into the house it took only about 45 minutes before the two cats were on the same chair. They were great pals for the 18 years that we had them.
Mary, San Mateo
Perfume has been used to help introduce orphan baby animals to new foster parents, usually by putting a dab of perfume on the new mama's nose so all the babies, even the new one, smell the same to her. But I've never heard of it being used in the way you describe. Anyone else ever try this? Did it work for you, too?
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