Jun 28 2017 0 Comments
There's nothing like a relaxing barbecue with friends and family to celebrate Independence Day. However, the 4th of July can be traumatic for cats. Between loud fireworks and loud people, your cats senses can quickly become overloaded which can lead to a very anxious and scared cat. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your cat at ease.
1. Bring Your Outdoor Cats In
Even if your cat is street savvy, the sudden loud noise of back to back fireworks can frighten and panic even the most well-acclimated cats. More pets run away on the 4th of July than any other holiday. You don't want to spend your holiday looking for your missing cat. Even if you have an exclusively outdoor cat, bringing them in for the night. Don't risk it!
2. Create A Sanctuary Space
Frightened cats will seek shelter, immediately. Make sure your cat has a safe place to go in a quiet room, away from all the noise. Closets make great safe spaces! Put your cats favorite bed or blanket in the closet and show them the safe space few days before the 4th so they are acquainted with it.
3. Get Your Cat A ThunderShirt
ThunderShirts have been known to console cats anxiety. The ThunderShirt applies gentle pressure to your cats torso, using pressure to soothe anxiety has been a common and effective method for years. Make sure you put the ThunderShirt on your cat the morning of the 4th before all the noise and activities begin. It's also a good idea to put the ThunderShirt on your cat a couple days in advance so they become accustomed to it.
4. Calm Your Cat With Music
Soft mellow music can decrease your cats anxiety and drown out the noise of the fireworks. Studies have shown that classical music relieves stress and pain in cats, similar to humans. Turn on some Bach at a reasonable volume to help your cat through the night.
5. Distract Your Cat
If your cat starts getting nervous about the noise outside, distract your cat with interactive play time. Use casual body language and soft tones to show your cat that all is okay. Spend some time wearing your cat out to release some of their tension. If you don't want to miss the excitement outside, you can always pull up interactive games on an Ipad or television. YouTube has a ton of bird, fish, and bug videos created to entertain cats.