Use empty trash cans to take purrfect photos of fractious cats


Empty, clean trash cans make a great background for photos.

Taking a fractious feline's photo doesn't need to be a blood battle to the death if you take Debbie Booker's advice and buy a white trash can. "We take pictures of the pets for the client record. Sometimes cats can be especially difficult, so one day I placed a cat in a clean, 13-gallon-size white trash can," says Booker, a veterinary assistant and hospital operations coordinator at Troutman Animal Hospital in Troutman, N.C. "It was an excellent picture. So we've used this idea more often and have liked the results."

Booker says the team takes these pictures for patient records and can also print them on client receipts. "Clients love to see the pictures of their pets, so if we have a really good picture, we print it and give it to the client," she says.

This idea works well with dogs too. Booker has used a large vertical laundry basket to take pictures of a squirmy Labradoodle puppy.

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