4 Tips For Calm Cats on the 4th of July

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A few last minute tips for a safe and happy 4th of July. Enjoy and we’ll be back on Saturday. Our Friday Feline Photo Quote newsletter go out as usual. If you’re not a subscriber, you can subscribe via email (white box in the footer). 

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FIREWORKS, THUNDERSTORMS and things that Go Boom

What are exciting celebrations for humans can be a nightmare for cats. Loud noise from a live band, cranked up volume on a stereo, thunderstorms or fireworks are no cause for celebration for cats. Remember cats have a far superior sense of hearing. The hearing range or distance is five times greater for cats than humans. If we can hear something next door, a cat will hear it and something five doors down (or equivalent).

July 1st in Canada and July the 4th in the U.S. are the big fireworks days but remain popular throughout the season. The American Humane Association (AHA) reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters for lost pets. During noisy times this summer:

  1. Provide cozy spots for kitty to hide.
  2. Turn down the volume of every electronic device.
  3. Extra skittish cats can be calmed by Thundershirts, or spray Feliway on the cat’s bed and favorite spots, door jambs and furniture at cat-nose height ideally a few day before.
  4. Flower essences like Rescue Remedy offer gentle relief. Try 4 drops in a bowl of water every day or a few days before a part or stressful event.

We’re happy to share a cool infographic from our friends at TAGG.

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