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Consumer Many good reasons to spay or neuter your pets Many good reasons to spay or neuter your pets
February is National Spay & Neuter month, a time to remember that America has a serious pet overpopulation problem. Sterilization is the only safe and effective way to deal with it.
Consumer Survey: Small financial emergency could wreck many household budgets Survey: Small financial emergency could wreck many household budgets
Life is full of costly surprises and a lot of people don't have enough savings to cover them.

A recent survey by Bankrate.com finds that fewer than 4 in 10 Americans – only 38 percent – could handle an unexpected $500 car repair or a $1,000 medical emergency without going into debt.
Consumer Cat's Meow: Does it work? Cat's Meow: Does it work? (Video)
Amaretto is an aloof, leery, 2 year old Persian-mix that's not much for excessive play.
His owner Greg Netzel got a motorized chase toy as a gift a while back, but the toy has essentially been collecting dust. A plastic mouse moving under a burgundy circle of fabric is supposed to peak a cat's "thrill of the hunt". But Netzel says the thrill didn't last long. Amaretto lost interest. So his expectations for a motorized mouse 'tail' covered by 'yellow' fabric are pretty low.
Consumer Hotels tighten cancellation policies Hotels tighten cancellation policies
Book a hotel room these days and you'd better know the cancellation policy. Don't assume you have until late in the afternoon on the day of your arrival. You may not.
Consumer Think pest control all year long Think pest control all year long
Pest control isn’t a priority just when it’s warm. It's something you need to think about year-round, if you want to avoid unwanted guests.

Start by sealing up windows and doors. If you have mulch in flower beds next to the house, it would be smart to replace the mulch with rocks.
Consumer Sports fans damage a lot of cellphones Sports fans damage a lot of cellphones
Here's a heads up to all the 12's – be smart with your smartphone during the Super Bowl. In a recent online survey, the folks at SquareTrade, a company that insures these devices, found that one in ten adults has damaged a phone while watching or participating in a sporting event last year.
Consumer Think safety when using extension cords Think safety when using extension cords
Extension cords can be a trip hazard. That's why so many people try to cover them up with a throw rug or small piece of carpet.

John Drengenberg, a safety expert at UL, says that's something you should never do.
Consumer Start early to get financial aid for college Start early to get financial aid for college
If you have a son or daughter headed to college this year, you should be looking for financial aid. Start by filing out the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.
Consumer Rapid Ramen Cooker: Does  it work? Rapid Ramen Cooker: Does it work? (Video)
At some point in our lives, just about all of us have encountered a bowl of ramen noodles. For a lot of people, ramen is a staple, because it costs as little as 20 cents per serving and is extremely easy to cook.
Consumer Don't get sacked by fake NFL gear Don't get sacked by fake NFL gear (Video)
Whether it's the jersey of one of your favorite Seahawks or some other official NFL gear- make sure you're dealing with a legit seller. Online imposters claim to sell you the real thing at a good price, but you'll only get cheap, flimsy knock-offs that quickly fall apart. Most are made illegally in China. And if you're tricked into buying a fake- you're stuck. With no recourse.
Consumer Water line insurance: Read the fine print Water line insurance: Read the fine print (Video)
When you buy a house, you're responsible for all repairs to the water and sewer lines on the property. If there's a leak or a sewer line back-up, you pay the bill for everything between your house and the street. unless you have special insurance. but one KOMO viewer who 'purchased' the insurance got a big shock when she tried to file a claim.
Consumer Bagging extra discounts on holiday purchases Bagging extra discounts on holiday purchases
If you're among the millions who'll be shopping online this holiday season, make sure you're not paying more than you need to. Here are some tips for snagging extra discounts at checkout.
Consumer Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs
As we get older, we often take more drugs. It's not uncommon for someone in their mid to late 60's to be on more than a dozen prescription medications.

That's why it's so important to watch what you eat. Certain foods can interact with these drugs and cause serious problems.
Consumer Price-matching policies expanded at some major retailers Price-matching policies expanded at some major retailers
Attention holiday shoppers! Two big retail chains have expanded their holiday price-matching policies this year. Target and Wal-Mart will now match prices from some online competitors, including Amazon, and from their own websites – something they did not do in the past.
Consumer Why does my cat scratch the furniture? Why does my cat scratch the furniture?
Cats have claws and they like to use them. This can create real problems in the home.

So why do cats scratch furniture?

Kate Benjamin, co-author of the book Catification: Designing a Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You), says it's instinct.
Consumer How to handle all that holiday food How to handle all that holiday food
Let's be honest, we all tend to eat too much this time of year, and nothing I can say will change that. So, rather than do without, how about promising yourself not to overdo it this year?
Consumer Recall Roulette: Gambling with product safety Recall Roulette: Gambling with product safety (Video)
Nearly every day, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a recall alert about products that could cause property damage, serious injury and even death. Yet, a joint Problem Solver investigation with ABC News finds most recall warnings never reach consumers.
Consumer Jeep recall says vehicle can 'crash without warning' Jeep recall says vehicle can 'crash without warning' (Video)
A local man is in a quandary - he got a recall notice warning his car could stall and cause a crash with no warning. But the problem is that same notice also said that manufacturer Chrysler Jee doesn't yet have the part to fix the problem.
Consumer Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids (Photo Gallery)
A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet, and the "Catapencil" — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher at its erasure end — are among an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday.