Eclipse safety for cats
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Eclipse Safety For Cats

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As a cat expert who has dedicated my career to caring for our feline friends, I feel I need to share some important last minute advice on the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024.


My cats Odin and Otto have been more squirrelly than usual. Otto lost his GPS collar on a nearby cliff he meanders down to visit neighbors. We had to scramble down thorny bushes to find it. Odin had been more needy, crawling under the covers which is unusual.

Needless to say animals are aware of geopathic changes and the #1 no-brainer tip is: Keep your pets indoors during the eclipse. More about that later.

While eclipses are fascinating natural phenomena, they require some special precautions when it comes to pets like our beloved and highly sensitive cats.

Solar eclipse haiku poem

Beginning on the morning of April 8th, a total solar eclipse will be visible across a stretch of North America, including Mexico, the United States, and parts of eastern Canada.

The path of totality, where the moon fully covers the sun, will span from Mexico up through the central U.S. states of Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and into New England. Outside this totality path, a partial eclipse will be visible across the rest of North America.

NASA coverage will begin at 1p.m. EDT courtesy of

Check your local weather for the exact times.

Where I live in Westchester County, NY. it will be a partial eclipse visible at its peak 3:25 pm. It’s an exciting event given that there hasn’t been a total solar eclipse in New York since 1925!

During this time of totality, the moon will completely cover the sun, causing daylight to temporarily disappear and making the sun’s corona visible for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds maximum, depending on your location within the path.

Fortunately, cats do not typically stare directly at the sun the way humans might, so they do not require special eye protection.

Please take extra care


Solar eclipse safety for cats

During an eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, gradually blocking out the sun’s light until totality, and then the light gradually returns.

This temporary dimming and fluctuation of sunlight can trigger some confusing behavior changes in cats, who are often quite routine-oriented.

As the light levels shift in an unsettling way, some cats may become frightened or disoriented by the unusual dimming and darkness.

Their feeding schedules and sleep patterns could also be temporarily disrupted.

  • To help ease your cat through this unique eclipse period, I strongly recommend limiting their outdoor access and keeping them safely indoors, especially during the peak time of totality when daylight will completely disappear for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds, depending on your location.
  • Close the curtains or blinds on windows to minimize any startling darkness inside the home as well.
  • Put out extra litter boxes in case they need to go more frequently when stressed.
  • And make sure to provide a comfortable, secure space for them to hide if they feel frightened – perhaps their usual pet bed or carrier with familiar blankets and toys.

Our cats are always picking up on our energy so if you’re excited but stay grounded and calm, it will help your cats.

We have decided to stay close to home and enjoy the eclipse experience from our garden.

Will you be able to see it from your area?


  • Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs

    We were just outside the path of totality,somehere just over 90%.It did get a bit dim, but the birds kept on singing, and the dogs here didn’t seem to do amything different that normal things. I got a couple cool pics by putting my eclipse glasses over the camera lens.

  • Mary McNeil

    My outdoor cats came and sat near me and we all watched until totality passed. Then they gt up and went back to kitty business.

  • Memories of Eric and Flynn

    We had a total eclipse here in1999 and it certainly was a memorable event. We stood out in the field and everything was as it should be with the birds singing away. We looked down across Cornwall and could see a dark shadow slowly approaching us, then it went to a deep dusk and everything fell silent. We looked up at the sun using welding helmets and got a perfect view of it. Then the dusk lifted and everything returned to normal and all the birds started singing again.
    It was actually quite spooky and you can’t help but wonder if the sun will come back.

  • Amy Harlib

    Excellent advice! I would advise humans to stay indoors too since THE POWERS THAT SHOULD NOT BE are using this event as and excuse to stir up chaos and trouble to further tyrannical enslavement political schemes. The ridiculous propaganda is off the charts.

    Question everything spewed forth from the corporate media controlled by those self-same corrupt ruling class criminals.

    • Layla Wilde

      It was really quiet here. We decided against going to any viewing parties. The sky hardly darkened which was disappointing.

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