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  1. Ask Marc: Bored Hamster

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    My hamster looks bored in his cage. He's 2 years old -- should I introduce a new hamster in his cage to keep him company?   

    On a hamster's report card, the teacher always checks "does not play well with peers," as hamsters are solitary animals and prefer to live alone. Remember that hamsters are nocturnal animals, so they sleep all day and are active at night -- your "hammie" may not be as sedentary as you think. You are probably not watching him at his most active times.

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  2. Simple Pet Pillow

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    It's a dog's life -- and a cushy one at that. This soft bed, suitable for small pooches, can be refreshed with a quick switch of covers. You'll need 2 same-size dish towels, 2-inch-thick foam (cut 4 inches shorter and narrower than the towels), and iron-on Velcro fasteners. Lay towels on top of each other, good sides facing. Sew 3 sides, about 1/2 inch in from towel edges. Turn inside out, insert foam, and iron the fasteners to the open side. For a neat appearance, fold that end as if gift-wrapping a box and use the fasteners to keep in place.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2007
  3. Good Thing

    Martha's Cat-Bowl Tip

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    Cats are known for being clean and tidy, but their food can get messy. Martha contains spills by placing her cats' food dishes in a tray. A galvanized one for plants, available from garden centers, does the trick nicely. The system will keep your home neat and make cleanup easy. This works well for your canine friends, too.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2009
  4. Willow Pet Fence

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    You love your dog -- and your dog loves your new sofa. Create fur-free zones the way Martha does, with accordion-style willow fencing from a garden center. (This is not to be used as a baby gate.) Attach two or three large eye-screws to both sides of the doorjamb. Sand unfinished ends of fencing, link into eyescrews, and ignore your dog's baleful looks. Willow lattice fence, $15.15, mastergardenproducts.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2010
  5. Canvas Tote Doggie Bag

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    Transform a canvas tote into a "doggie bag." A U-shape cutout lets your small pooch enjoy the scenery. To make it, use sharp fabric shears to cut a dip into the side of the tote. The depth and width of the U shape will depend on the size of your dog's head, but be sure to leave at least half an inch between the opening and the bag's handles. Cut cotton webbing long enough to cover the U shape. Fold webbing over the raw edge, and use a sturdy needle to hand-stitch it to the opening. 

    Boat-and-Tote bag, from $18, llbean.com. Cotton webbing, 1 inch, $1.15 per yd., onlinefabricstore.net.

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    Martha Stewart Living
  6. Dog Eye Safety

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    Dogs can't seem to resist the urge to stick their head out the window of a moving car, but allowing them to do so can lead to injuries. Dirt and debris can fly right into a dog's eye and cause serious damage. 

    The best idea is to crack the window enough for your pet to enjoy the sights and scents of the outside, but without their being able to face directly into the wind. 

    One other option is to outfit your dog with goggles specially made for canines (available at pet stores). They may look comical, but they keep the eyes safe.

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    Get more information on Doggles.

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    Martha Stewart Living Television
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