As we celebrate the 4th of July with parties and fireworks, the festivities can be traumatizing for cats. Many communities have fireworks displays. My neighbors have backyard celebrations–some of them beginning on July 2 and continuing for several days. By keeping in mind the following ideas, the best interest of your cat will be served.

First of all, if you have an indoor-outdoor cat, I recommend you keep the cat inside for a couple of days. The main reason for this is to keep the cat from being harmed accidentally or intentionally. Sadly, I have heard too many malicious stories about firecrackers being tied to a cat’s tail. If your cat is outdoor only, I also recommend you find a way to bring the cat inside.

The next consideration is the affect of the loud noises–they will be scary to most cats. I find when I spend time talking to my cat, Lexie Lee, the extra attention is calming to her during the fireworks. We also play longer than usual with her favorite feather toy, and that activity takes her focus off what is happening outside. Playing music helps to muffle the unusual outdoor sounds. You can also set up a safe sanctuary in a quiet part of the house, equipped with the cat’s bed, toys, food, water and litter box.

Finally, if you are having company, it is a good idea to temporarily confine the cat to a room away from the guests–perhaps the sanctuary. That way you do not have to worry about the cat getting scared from all the added commotion and bolting out an open door.

How do you keep your cat calm and safe?

Bountiful Blessings!

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