Despite the term “scaredy-cat,” cats actually tend to be rather fearless. They are typically quite headstrong, independent, and have even been known to take on larger animals if the need arises. As with most animals, however, they do have extremely sensitive hearing. Thus, loud noises can frighten them quite easily. With Independence Day here (and a host of other holidays soon after), you may want to prepare yourself, and kitty, for loud and sudden noises.
It probably seems like it isn’t much you can do but don’t worry! We have some helpful tips for keeping your furry feline as calm and care-free as possible.
Keep Calm and Hug Your Cat
Animals are pretty in tune with the emotions and behavior of their humans. This means that they can feel it when you get stressed or upset and in turn, they do likewise. One of the best ways to keep fluffy calm is to stay calm yourself. If the loud booms of a thunderstorm or crackling fireworks get you worked up (in a good or bad way) you need to keep your cool and relax! Of course, giving your furbaby a nice, soothing cuddle will definitely help as well.
Set Up a Safe Place
Some kitties prefer to be alone when they are scared. If your cat is not keen on being held or snuggled, set him up a safe space. This can be a room in the house with very little or no windows. If that’s not an option try setting them up a space using Stacks. Preferably, one with your scent which will help to further comfort your kitty.
Stay Home with Your Pet
Another effective way to calm fluffy during stressful situations like loud noises is to simply be there. You are a calming presence to your pet. This granted you aren’t freaking out yourself! Remember, they take cues from you, so if your calm, they’re likely to do the same. This is also a great time for distractions. Set out your cat’s favorite enrichment toys and games, such as the Cat Amazing puzzle feeder. This will kitty stimulated and their minds occupied on treat-hunting and playing. They may be too on edge to participate, but it won’t hurt to try.
Close the Blinds and Turn Up the Tele
Soundproofing may not be possible for everyone, but closing the blinds might help. It will block the bright, flashing lights. Also, turn on and turn up, the radio or T.V. to drown out the loud pops and bangs. This will be especially helpful if they are usually on- familiarity is comforting.
Keep Even Outdoor Pets, Indoors
Even if your cat is more of an outdoor adventurer, we suggest bringing them indoors during all the commotion. You don’t want kitty getting spooked and possibly hurt in the process. A frightened cat can bolt, getting lost, or even hit by a car. Avoid the “what-if’s,” by simply bringing them inside. While you’re at it, if your four-legged child is not microchipped, what are you waiting for?! Having your pet microchipped greatly increases your chances of finding a lost pet.
Among the many over the counter medicines that claim to help with pet anxiety, pheromone products seem to have some of the best results. Pheromones are a form of communication, animal-style. Animals receive pheromones through their vomeronasal organ which is situated between the nose and mouth. They help relieve anxiety and come in many forms including:
If your cat suffers from serious anxiety from loud noises, like thunderstorms, you should definitely consult with your veterinarian. A vet can prescribe a medication to ease the stress for your furry friend. These medications mimic the human versions so Xanax, Amitriptyline, or Buspirone may be prescribed. If you want something a bit milder, ask the doctor about a normal dosage of diphenhydramine (Benedryl).
Our cats count on us to keep them safe, happy, and comfortable. As much as they seem to “get us,” they are not likely to understand noisy festivities. To let your favorite furball know that you care, try the tips above and let us know what works best for you and yours.
Have a Meowy Fourth of July furiends!