Advice animals tips

Use natural light

When doing pet photography, always use natural light. Why? For one, flash can cause the red-eye effect, which looks, well, bad. Plus, flash bursts can scare animals. That’s why I recommend shooting outside (go out when it’s cloudy for some soft diffused light). You can also try shooting indoors, but make sure you’re in a well-lit room (ideally one with a large window).

Train Your Kitten To Use It

Just like with kids and potty training – start them early. If you’re keeping a house cat and you don’t want it to go all over your house, you have to train it to use a litter box. Fortunately, that shouldn’t be too hard while they’re still young. Here’s how you do it. The first thing you’ll do is collect both of their bodily deposits and leave them in a litter box. Since the cat can smell the deposits, they’ll associate the box with having to go potty, and if you do that often – they’ll only go there. Now, this won’t be easy for either of you. In the beginning, you might have to keep your cat confined to a single room so that they don’t have any trouble finding the litter box. Also, while training it, you’ll have to put your kitten in the litter box as often as you can, to prevent accidents and to instil habits.

Set a flea trap

Indoors, you can set a trap to capture fleas. A dish of soapy water near your sleeping areas is all you need to catch the buggers. Place a warm light bulb in the room as fleas are attracted to warmth. This trap is only effective for adult fleas but it is a great way of preventing larger infestations. Note that this method won’t work for trapping fleas already present on the pets. You can also buy commercially available plug-in flea traps which are also very effective.


Declutter the lawn and patio as well as your indoor area. Piles of wood chips, toys, old junk items etc are a surefire way of inviting pests like raccoons etc under your patio desks. Many of these animals carry fleas, ticks and other blood sucking parasites on them. So remove the clutter in order to prevent flea infestations.

Mow the grass

Fleas tend to hide in grass so, if your pet spends time outdoors, you need to trim it short. This is necessary to prevent flea harborage. If possible spray some Nematode solution on the grass and plants. This is a biologically safe method of eliminating fleas in yards.

Clean the pet’s environment frequently

You need to clean and vacuum regularly to prevent flea infestations. Flea eggs can remain dormant in the pet’s environment for a long time. So make sure you seal or cracks and crevices and vacuum the house every couple of days. Also wash all pet bedding and linen to eliminate eggs.

Groom your pet frequently

Combing your long-haired pet is an important part of flea control. Use flea combs with fine teeth which can capture fleas, ticks and other parasites. As stated above, bathe the pet every few weeks to prevent fleas.

Use spot treatment

Flea spot treatment or drops are an effective way of flea control. Your vet will suggest the right one based on your pet’s age and weight. Apply the spot treatment medicine in between the pet’s shoulder blades. These medicines remain effective even after bathing the pet or if it swims or gets wet in the rain. However, you need to reapply most products every 4 weeks. Most vet approved flea products contain medicines like Fipronil or permethrin which are considered safe for pets.