Help your Cat Cope with Fireworks

pet sitter Hilton Head Island, SC 100 (19)It’s that time of year again: the 4th of July with family fun usually culminating in watching a great fireworks display. It’s fun for us, but can be terrifying for our kitties. If your cat reacts to the loud noise and flashes of light from fireworks (or thunder and lightning, for that matter), there are several steps you can follow to help your kitty better cope with this fear. First of all, indoor/outdoor cats should be brought indoors before dark if possible. Make sure your cat has safe, quiet places to hide. Many times kitty will go under the bed or into the back of a closet. Otherwise guide them to an interior room or a room with black-out curtains to mitigate flashes of light. Using pheromone diffusers, sprays or collars is very helpful for many nervous or anxiety-prone cats. These pheromones have a calming effect. Comfort Zone with Feliway and Sentry Calming Diffuser are good options. Try playing soft, calming music. It’s also important for you to remain calm. Your mood and demeanor can have a strong influence on your cats. If all else fails, there are medications that may help. Talk to your veterinarian about available options.

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