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Most cats are picky about where they'll go poop. In my experience, if I just switch litters, they won't use the new one. Similarly, if I move the litter box, they may just go on the floor at the old location. So, whatever changes you are working on, go slowly. Cats can be trained to use a toilet, which will use only drinking water, not litter, which may be ...


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I would consider using a small bucket with a cover. They can easily be carried and the cover will restrain the smell. Also they are easy to clean with some water outside. For practical considerations: You could take a small shovel in it, or just use the cover to get the poo in the bucket, although I think the latter will require some exercise before it can ...


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The primary concerns about manure/dung of any sort really boil down to the fact that it is concentrated organic matter (and often a concentrated source of nitrogen for plants) and that it is a biologically active substance possibly including significant pathogen and pathogen marker species (fecal choliforms generally even if not pathogenic). However Jay is ...


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FYI - you don't have to have a spinning wheel to spin small to moderate amounts of yarn. A hand-spinning spindle will work great, is much less expensive to buy and far less complicated to make, and is also very portable. I spun great yarn using a top whorl drop spindle for a couple of years or so before I finally (mostly) moved on to using a spinning wheel. ...


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That's great to have a constant source of yarn - from your pet. I saw a lady who knitted items for sale using her dog's fur. I've been studying about spinning wheels and how to spin only in the past few months. I've come to the conclusion that a spinning wheel is actually a sped up version of a drop spindle and it's also a lot of fun to spin with. Since ...


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Occelaris clowns are easy to breed in captivity and in Australia are regularly advertised as 'tank bred' and not 'wild caught.' Some species of shrimp are also easy to breed but not necessarily cleaner shrimp as in the movie. I'd suggest that the rest of the fish and invertebrates in the fn tank could only ever be wild caught. The effect of the aquarium ...


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I don't know about turtles, but let me give you an idea from the world's number one fish eaters again. In Japan, there are several uses for fish bones (with some meat left on them). The bones plus meat are ground into a paste called surimi, which is then processed into satsuma age, chikuwa, or similar products (pictures below), which all have a rubber-like ...


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On walks, we just use the disposable plastic bags in a roll that are made for dog waste. They aren't biodegradable, but since we dispose of the waste in the municipal trash, I don't think it makes any difference - modern landfills aren't designed to promote biodegradability. The local municipality specifically forbids dog waste in the municipal compost bins,...


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Animals poop in the woods all the time. Just because it's a dog doesn't suddenly change that. The main concern is if there is too much poop in one area for nature's existing systems to tolerate. A secondary concern is dog poop where you walk or wrestle your kids. A simple technique you can use is to drop a handful of sawdust or peat moss on the poop, and ...


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I know it's been a few years since the OP made this post, but I wanted to add a few thoughts for future readers. Fish bones can be mounted for education and display. Photos (and directions) can easily be found online. They can also be made into sculptures: http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/icelandic-lego-made-fish-bones And they can be made into sewing ...


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Flushing down the toilet is a lot better than have it end up in a city dump where it will remain as long as the bag that contains it lasts. You can purchase dedicated pet waste composting units or make your own. I have a bucket with lots of holes drilled in the bottom and have it half buried in the ground on the verge so that I can open it up, and drop the ...


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A dog and cat owner friend of mine discovered Cedarcide (http://www.cedarcidestore.com/cedarproducts.html) last year and has succesfully kept fleas out of her home and off her animals (they make products for home and pet application) for the past year, after several terrible bouts of infestation and unsuccessful (and noxious, toxic, unsustainable) treatments ...


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You can bury them directly in your garden. That's what some of the native Americans did in coastal New England.


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Our family tried the garbage can method, and it did not work very well. We live in a fairly wet climate with a high clay content in the soil, so drainage was our biggest issue. If you are going to give the idea a try, make sure that you have good drainage, and that your water table is below the bottom of the container. You don't want to concentrate the ...


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It seems the bottom line of the question is low cost spinning wheel. The Dodeca wheeldesign is available free on line. This has been noted in another post. Porter also sells this wheel and a similar wheel at a very low cost for a spinning wheel. http://porterthreads.weebly.com/store/p4/Dodec_Spinning_Wheel.html. The Budget Wheel, seemingly derived ...


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Well, dogs excrements seem to be something special. First of all, they will not cause any problem to sewage-treatment facilities, as long as they do not come together with bags. It might rather be a problem to bring the excrements to the toilets because of the stench it may emit during its transport in the house. To take up the excrements bags should be ...


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After looking at the rosemary knits spinning wheel (from the comments) I found a wheel called the dodec spinning wheel. It makes a fully functional wheel with pedal out of a ten foot board. http://www.spinningdaily.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/spinoff/5661.Dodec-Spinning-Wheel-Brochure.pdf


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