Happy 4th of July
from Allegra, Ruby and Ingrid
While Independence Day may be a favorite holiday for many of us, it is probably also the most traumatic day of the year for most cats. Even though many municipalities don’t allow private fireworks, people still seem to find a way to have their own. Unless you live far away from civilization, chances are, your cat will most likely have to deal with the noise from fireworks.
A cat’s sense of hearing is much more acute than ours, and so the noises are much more intent for them. Add to that the lack of understanding of what is going on and you can have a very scared cat on your hands. But celebrations like the 4th of July don’t have to cause such anxiety for your cat. Here are some tips for helping your cat cope with fireworks, thunderstorms, and other loud noises:
- Create a safe space for your cat. If you’re having a party, unless your cat is very social and doesn’t mind a lot of commotion, keep her confined to a quiet bedroom. Put her favorite blanket, bed or toys in with her, along with a litter box and fresh water. Shut the curtains and drapes and turn on lights to lessen the flash of the fireworks.
- Leave on a TV or music to drown out the noise from the fireworks. (This works during thunderstorm season as well.)
- Make sure that your cats are wearing their identification tags and that the information is current.
- Consider a natural calming aid like Rescue Remedy, Stress Stopper, or Composure calming treats.