5 Ways to Help Your Cat Survive the Fourth of July
Independence Day is celebrated in a way that's almost guaranteed to overload a cat's senses. The constant booming of fireworks can drive sensitive or already anxious cats into a state of complete terror. And if you're hosting a Fourth of July party, your cat might be stressed by people traipsing in and out of the house. Here are five easy tips to ease your cat through the day.
1. Turn Down the Volume
Cats and fireworks don't play well together. If your cat is scared of thunder, she'll definitely be scared of the nonstop booming. Close your windows and turn on a radio -- tuned to a station that plays mellow music -- to counteract the noise of fireworks.
2. Keep Her Inside
If your cat is normally an indoor-outdoor cat, don't let her go outside on the Fourth. This will keep her safe from any number of dangers, such as getting lost if she bolts in panic during fireworks displays.
3. Give Her a Place to Hide
Provide a sanctuary in an inside room of your home. Even a bed in a closet could be helpful. Cat expert Franny Syufy recommends that in addition to the bed, you rub a towel or small blanket with her scent and put it in the bed. Show her the sanctuary room before the July 4 so she knows where it is. If you're having a party, keep your cat in the sanctuary room with the door closed.
4. Use Rescue Remedy
The Bach Rescue Remedy flower essence is a great treatment for temporary trauma and anxiety. I've used it on my cats in a variety of situations and I can attest to the fact that it works. Rub a drop or two of Rescue Remedy into the fur on top of her head before the day's activities begin. If you're home, rub two more drops into her head fur during the party or fireworks display. When everything is over, rub two more drops into her fur. Rescue Remedy is available at most health food stories as well as grocery chains like Whole Foods. An alcohol-free version for pets is also available.
5. Get Her a Thundershirt
The Thundershirt, which has been soothing dogs through storms and other anxiety-provoking situations, is now available for cats. Recent reviews show that the device, which is designed to produce a light pressure all around the torso, is working just as well for cats as it has been for the canines.
Do you know any more great tips to keeping your cat calm? Let us know in the comments!