The Fourth of July is an exciting time for American humans, but can be risky for felines. CROW Cat Rescue in Monte Vista urges residents to keep their cats safe this Independence Day by following these four simple tips.
1. Keep cats away from dangers.
The noise of fireworks can startle cats, causing them to run away and potentially into danger. Those who do not fear the noise will be drawn to the lights of the fireworks and could suffer injuries from coming too close. Keep cats away from matches, lighter fluid, hot grills, and fires--with all the picnics, campouts, barbeques, and lighting of fireworks, cats face many hazards. Keep your cat indoors to protect them from burns.
2. Keep cats indoors.
Even if your cat is often outdoors, bring them in for a few nights to protect them from the scary noises and the abuse of pranksters. Keep them in a quiet bedroom or bathroom near the center of the house for better noise insulation. If you are having a party, put a note on the door asking guests to avoid that room in order to keep the cats safe. Leaving a television or radio playing at normal volume can help keep the cat company as well as mask the noises of parties and fireworks.
3. Consult with a veterinarian.
If you know that your cat is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder and fireworks, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. A cat tranquilizer might be the best option.
4. Keep an ID tag on your cat.
Animal shelters across the country are accustomed to receiving "July 4th" cats and dogs—pets who run off during fireworks displays and are rescued by animal control officers or good Samaritans. Even if you take all of the precautions above, it is still a good idea to keep an ID tag on your cat in case they get out anyway. An ID tag will help you reunite with your pet sooner.
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