This holiday weekend, celebrate safely with a cat-friendly Fourth of July. CAT FANCY, CatChannel.com, ASPCA and Southeast Area Animal Control Authority all offer advice for a safe July 4 for your cat. Here’s a roundup of cat safety tips.
Ban barbecue scraps. Keep people food and drinks from outdoor dining away from cats. Some foods can be dangerous to cats, and alcoholic drinks have the potential to poison cats.
Spur sparks around cats. Some matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing in cats — even causing cat kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can irritate a cat’s skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression in cats.
Forgo fireworks near felines. Lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious cats. Even unused fireworks can pose a danger to cat health. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals that can harm cats.
Shield sensitive ears. Loud fireworks displays are no fun for cats or kittens. Keep your cats safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. Consider leaving a TV or radio on to drown out the sound of the fireworks and to provide familiar noises while you’re out.
Decorate carefully. Your cat might believe those Fourth of July decorations are her new toys. Cats can become tangled in streamers and ribbon. Cat-proof your home and keep fun decorations out of paw’s reach.
Cool off kitty. Cats need to stay cool and avoid strong midday sun. Even indoor cats can suffer from too much sun exposure. Only apply cat-specific sunscreen or insect repellent to your cat. Also offer lots of water to keep cats hydrated on hot summer days.
Consider calling the cat vet. Some cats benefit from sedation or tranquilizers if the noise of fireworks and celebrations gets to be too much. Call your cat vet before the holiday to see if sedation’s right for your cat.