It's that time of year again, the Fourth of July! While we may be excited for all the fireworks and festivities, our cats may not be feeling the holiday fun as much as we do—or perhaps not even at all! We all know too well that cats can become skittish easily at the sounds of loud noises, and fireworks are often a recipe for disaster when there are cats in the equation. Here are some helpful tips to keep kitty happy and safe come this Fourth of July:
1.Keep Kitty Indoors
This one may seem totally obvious, but it is of utmost importance. Your cat must stay indoors during all the commotion of fireworks so that they don't become terrified and run for shelter. Cats can scurry off when they are afraid and we all know that fireworks can go on for hours on end. Before nightfall be sure that kitty is safe and secure, indoors.
2. Party Time? Keep Kitty Tucked Away
Even if you have a social butterfly cat that loves to mingle with partygoers, it's wise to keep your cat tucked away in a bathroom or laundry room during the party. Any place where they can feel not only comfortable, but also where their isn't the possibility of a door opening so they can forge an escape. The last thing you want is for them to accidentally get out without you knowing by accident. Make the space comfortable for them so they can feel at ease. Another great tip: play some music for your cat to drown out the loud noises outside.
3. Clean Up After the Festivities
A cat will not be drawn to fireworks, but their curiosities might be—and you know that they can not resist the temptation! Gun powder and other chemicals in the fireworks are not safe, and you wouldn't want your cat getting a big whiff of something that could harm them. Be sure to sweep up all remaining fireworks outside your home.
4. Make Sure Your Cat Has Their Pet ID Tag on Their Collar
Worst case scenario if your cat accidentally springs from your home on the Fourth of July, be sure that they are wearing proper identification. This way if someone happens to find them, they can notify you of your kitty's whereabouts. Be smart and think ahead for your cat's sake!
- by Modi, owner of a ginger cat