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Cabinet makes great kitty privvy

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What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

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I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: When we inherited my mother-in-law’s precious Ms. Kitty, we needed a place to keep all her things. So I found the perfect cabinet for our room and converted it into her cat house. One side is used for her litter, food, etc. On the other side I removed the shelf and made a place for the litter box. Then I cut a hole in the side for her to enter through and finished off the opening with black tubing to cover the rough edge. I also drilled a small hole in the back for an extension cord and plugged in a motion-activated light and attached it to the upper inside corner so she could see. Now we have a handsome cabinet and no one is the wiser as to what is inside.

Clay Barlow, Charlotte

Are squirrels driving you nuts?

We’re giving away a copy of the 220-page guide, “Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels.” It looks like a fun read, and should go to someone who spends far too much time thinking about squirrels at their feeders. Tell us why you should win. Send a picture if you think it will help. Deadline is April 4. Clever editor

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Send your clever tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” book. You can order a copy at for just $5.99, plus shipping. Also available at Park Road Books.

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