4 Tips for a Cat-Safe July 4th

Take these four steps to prevent stress to cats on the Fourth of July.

In name, Independence Day sounds like a perfect holiday for a cat. After all, what could represent independence more than a feisty feline?

In practice, however, July Fourth presents several dangers for cats. Here’s what you need to know to keep cats safe this Fourth of July holiday.

•    Keep Cats Indoors: The No. 1 piece of advice for Independence Day is to keep cats safe and secure inside your home. Loud noises from fireworks can cause a cat to hide for days. Keeping your cats indoors and secure will also keep them from crowded and dangerous roads.     

•    Beware of Barbecues: Alcoholic beverages, lighter fluid, matches and insect repellents like citronella candles can be toxic or deadly to cats when ingested or inhaled. Make sure these stay outside and away from your cat. Mind the scraps as well; cooked bones can splinter and injure cats as they swallow them.

•    Remember ID Importance: Cats should be microchipped and wear current I.D. tags at all times. If your cat escapes, this is the best way to ensure a happy reunion.

•    Increase Creature Comforts: If you’re hosting a party, keep your cat in a cool, well-ventilated room. Play the radio, throw in some toys and fluff up a cat bed for Fluffy. If you attend a party elsewhere, set up this room to keep your cat safe and comfortable while fireworks go off outside.

With input from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

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