Here we go again….It’s the week of July 4th and the Bi-Peds are going firecracker crazy! I truly don’t get the joy of hearing loud noises and watching shiny, sparkly stuff in the sky. If I’m going to watch anything in the sky that makes noise, it’s going to be something I can possibly have for dinner….like a big, chirpy, juicy bird!….Anyway, for whatever reason, Bi-Peds are nuts about fireworks. This wouldn’t irk me so much if it didn’t lead to so much critter chaos in Bi-Ped City. So for all of you Bi-Peds out there reading this (and you know who you are), it’s time for you to Critt-It (this is my way of saying go into “Critter Crusader” mode). You need to make sure your pets don’t get freaked out by the fireworks.
Did you know that animal shelters report a huge increase in shelter admissions during the few weeks before and after the 4th of July holiday? This happens because pets frequently run away when the crackle and boom of fireworks scare them. They dig under fences, bust through gates, jump through windows, climb over fences, and anything else they can do to try to run away from the noise that frightens them. Sometimes, pets even get lost or hurt.
Here’s what you can do to Critt-It:
- Spread the word that fireworks scare many pets and tell your friends what they can do to keep their pets safe.
- Don’t take your pet to the fireworks displays. You may like the sparkle-farkle and all that noise, but most likely your pets won’t.
- Talk to your veterinarian about ways to help reduce fear and anxiety your pet may experience when hearing fireworks.
- Make sure your pets are wearing identification and have a microchip so they can be returned if they do get lost >> We’ll Cat-Chat about microchips a little later.
- Keep your pet safe indoors. Leave a radio or television on to buffer the sound of fireworks. Close the curtains or blinds to reduce the distraction of fireworks. It may help to turn the lights on too (so they don’t see all that “lighting-up” stuff going on in the sky).
- Never leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced in yard. Pets may panic, escape and then get lost or injured.
I’m telling ya, Riley used to go out of his Mutt-Nutty mind during thunderstorms AND fireworks! If it weren’t for his Puppy Dog Power Plan (yes, I’m serious…he has a Puppy Dog Power Plan), then he would be totally stressed out! A long time ago, he almost jumped through a window when fireworks were being set off. Believe me, dogs (and cats) can become amazingly strong and determined to run-run-run or get away from wherever they are when they hear or see stuff that scares the catnip out of them.
Time to Critt-It by spreading the word and preparing your pets for the fireworks.
This is Hobo Kitty…Meowing Out!