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Consumer The right ways to pick up your cat The right ways to pick up your cat
You really need to think about how you pick up your cat. That is, unless you happen to like getting scratched.

Mikkel Becker, a local animal trainer who writes for Vetsreet.com, says every cat wants to feel safe and supported.
Consumer Amazon's new Echo -- all talk? Amazon's new Echo -- all talk? (Video)
Online retail giant Amazon has introduced the Echo. It's similar to Apple's Siri or Google Now, using voice recognition to respond to your questions and commands. But instead of having to pull out your smart phone, Echo sits in one spot, making it particularly handy in a home or office.
Consumer Best TVs for watching the Super Bowl Best TVs for watching the Super Bowl (Video)
A sports bar is a great place to watch the Big Game. But if you're buying a TV for your Super Bowl party at home, Consumer Reports says a screen that's at least 50 inches or larger is a good size for a crowd.
Consumer Clear TV: Does It Work? Clear TV: Does It Work? (Video)
There's nothing quite like a Seahawk Super Bowl to make you care about having a good television, come game time. That poses a unique challenge for people who don't have cable or satellite connection. For $14.99, Clear TV promises "hundreds of crystal clear digital and HD shows for FREE". But does it work?
Consumer Tax filing season underway: file early and expect delays Tax filing season underway: file early and expect delays (Video)
Almost every tax filer will need to do something new this year. The biggest change - the Affordable Health Care Act that requires us to be enrolled in a health care plan. You'll either have to report your health coverage, or , if you qualify, claim an exemption, or pay the penalty for having no coverage and send a payment with your return.
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 Help your cat or dog slim down Help your cat or dog slim down
It’s estimated that more than half of all the dogs and cats in this countyr are overweight or obese. These extra pounds cause all sorts of health problems and can lead to premature death.
Consumer Don't waste your money on diet pills Don't waste your money on diet pills
A new survey by our news partners at Consumer Reports finds that one in three Americans believe that weight loss supplements are the best way to drop the pounds – better than diet and exercise.
Consumer How to prevent space heater fires How to prevent space heater fires
It's that time of year again, unfortunately, for space heater fires. The State Fire Marshall reports that four people in Washington have died in recent house fires started by portable electric space heaters.
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 Mood-improving light bulbs Mood-improving light bulbs (Video)
LED light bulbs are game changers. They promise to last anywhere from 23 to 46 years. And thanks to electronic circuitry and semiconductor chips, they have the potential to do more than just turn on and off. Consumer Reports checks out several.
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.