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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. Cat Birthday Hat

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    Fancy hats and a "cake" make a birthday purr-fect. For hat, make a paper cone, and then stitch on a pom-pom and add a thin elastic cord for a chin strap. For collar, attach Velcro dots to the ends of pom-pom fringe. Turn out canned food for a cake. Pom-pom fringe, in 3/8 inches, $2.59 per yd., mjtrim.com. Pom-poms, 1/2 to 2 inches, $10.24 per 8-oz. pack, by Darice, from createforless.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November
  4. Cozy Pet Cabins

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    Cats have a thing for cardboard, but a plain old box doesn't do much for your decor. Instead, tuck felines into this Modernist chalet ($23, loyalluxe.com). The faux-bois cabin, made from recycled cardboard, is shipped flat for extra eco-friendly credit. 

    The Roll-a-Nest (from $5, at pet stores) looks like a decorative object but encourages natural nesting instincts. Woven from sisal, the hideout doubles as a snack for guinea pigs and gerbils in need of a nibble.

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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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