Keeping Your Cat Safe On July 4th

July 4th

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The 4th of July is fun for us with cookouts, parties and fireworks.  Unfortunately, July 4th is also when the largest number of cats are lost.

In addition to the suggestions above from petfinder.com, for cats highly prone to anxiety, there are many anti-anxiety products available.

Thundershirt

The dog version of this product has been available for a few years, but the cat version is fairly new.  This wrap swaddles cats to help them feel secure.

Rescue Remedy

Rescue Remedy is an all natural product developed to help relieve pet’s anxiety.  A few drops added to your pet’s food or water regularly work to reduce stress and anxiety.  I have some pet care clients that have benefitted from using Rescue Remedy.

This product may take some time to see results.  One cat client is now benefitting from Rescue Remedy, but it took a couple of months.  Every cat is different, some may see results sooner.

Anti-Anxiety Chews

Another option to consider for easing July 4th anxiety for your pet is anti-anxiety chews.  These products come in treat form and contain natural ingredients that provide a calming effect for pets.

One product is Composure from Vetriscience. Another is the Calming formula treat from PetNaturals.  One of my dog sitting clients takes Composure and they are beneficial for her.

These are two of the options available in treat form, but there are others available.

Feliway

Feliway is a phrenemone liquid that helps calm cats.  It come in a variety of forms.  One of the most popular is a diffuser.  This allows the liquid to cover a larger area, which works well for multi-cat households.

Conclusion

There are other products available to provide a calming effect for your cat, but these are the ones I’m most familiar with, and have seen results with pet clients.

As mentioned above, results may take a while to see.  Don’t become discouraged if you don’t see immediate results.  Every cat is different, so a solution for one cat may not be the answer for another.

Regardless, please keep your cats inside on July 4th.  People often set off fireworks throughout the day, rather than exclusively at night.

Don’t let your cat become a July 4th statistic.  Have you found a calming solution that works especially well for your cat? If so, please share, we’d love to hear from you!

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

Written by Karen

Karen

Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.

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