We pet parents might look forward to the Fourth of July, with the marching bands and fireworks displays that come with this time of year—but our cats are likely dreading it.
Cats are sensitive to loud noises, so the loud bangs of fireworks can cause them serious stress. And that’s not even considering the flashes of light they create, or any party guests or visitors you’re expecting at your home during the holiday. Any combination of these things is a recipe for cat’s anxiety.
So now, as fireworks season is approaching, follow these top tips to help your kitty stay happy and calm.
1Keep Your Cat at Home
3Check Their ID
If you haven’t already, get your cat both a collar with ID tag and microchip. Holiday BBQs usually means a house full of guests who might not notice a curious cat trying to make a break for it. Without the collar, your pet cat looks like a feral cat. Without a microchip, your cat is completely without identification should your cat somehow lose his or her collar.
If you already have your cat microchipped, check to make sure that their account is still active with your microchip provider.
4Don’t Feed Scraps
5Create a Safe Space
6Use Soothing Scents
7Play Some Calm Music
8Try a TV Distraction