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Getting Purrsonal – Scaredy Cats
By Tania Marie de Saram
It’s not all fun and games for our furry friends at this time of year, especially when it comes to fireworks. Cats have incredibly sensitive hearing, particularly with higher-pitched sounds, even more so than their canine counterparts.
Flashes and loud noises startle felines, which causes them to experience anxiety and anticipate danger, so their behaviour may become erratic. Hiding or appearing withdrawn, reduced appetite, defensive body language and restlessness are all signs that your puss is feeling the stress that surrounds the noisy festivities.
Fortunately, there are things we can do as responsible pet owners to alleviate some of this discomfort. Keep your furry friend inside after dark, with any cat flaps, windows, and doors securely closed, and ensure she is microchipped in case of a sudden escape. Provide a safe room that she may relax in, with a box filled with blankets, a litter tray, food, water, and toys for distraction, as felines often feel safer when in an enclosed space. Play soothing music, close the curtains, and if all else fails, a pheromone spray may reduce stress.
Above all, try to stay calm. Cats sense your distress and respond accordingly, so this is the perfect time for reassurance and plenty of snuggles. ❤