Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

Today, we are celebrating the birthday of the United States of America, our home sweet home.

We hope all of our friends in the USA have a happy and safe Independence Day!

To all of our friends outside of the United States, we hope your Wednesday is wonderful as well!

Our Tip of the Day:

We're doing a bit of a repeat tip today, since it is, after all, the day of fireworks. On this 4th of July, there are ways to help keep your furbaby calm and safe during the often booming festivities. While those fireworks go off outside, close all window and doors, as well as blinds and curtains. This will help keep out the sights and sounds of the fireworks. You can further drown it out by putting on a movie or some music, and turning up the volume enough to mask the sounds of the fireworks. Just make sure it's not so loud that it is uncomfortable for your kitty or pup's sensitive ears!

What else can you do to help keep a nervous dog or cat calm during the fireworks shows? Try to distract them! Start a game inside with them, such as fetch or hide-and-seek. You can also offer some treats or a special meal, perhaps their favorite snack. Sometimes simply talking to them can help, or even reading a book out loud to them.

Still, there are a few more potential ways to help a cat or dog feel as calm as possible while fireworks are set off this time of year. You can use a ThunderShirt, which, as many of you know, may help reduce anxiety in dogs and cats. You can also fashion something makeshift yet similar, using a blanket, towel, or even one of your shirts. If nothing else, simply provide a scared or anxious furbaby somewhere safe to hide inside the home. Ensure that they have somewhere to retreat that is pet-friendly, whether that be under a bed, behind a couch, or in another nook or cranny. You can also offer them boxes in which to settle down, if that helps your furbaby feel safe.

Lastly, in the unfortunate event of an escape or other emergency, ensure that your cat or dog has identification on them. Of course try to ensure that they are safe indoors and unable to get out of the house, but should they escape, be prepared. Many animals are uncertain of the sights and sounds of fireworks, and so if they find themselves outdoors on days like today, they might very well run and hide. This is why it is so important that, today and every day, your furbaby have an updated microchip and/or an identification tag to help them find their way back home. Of course on one wants to think of their furbaby escaping and getting lost, but it is always best to prepared for the worst case scenario.


Lone Star Cats said...

Happy Independence Day!

Pam and Teddy said...

LOVE the patriotic doodle - we wish you a fun and QUIET 4th!

Hugs, Teddy

Marg said...

Happy Fourth to all of you. Love the doodle. Have a super day.

The Island Cats said...

Wishing you all a very happy and safe 4th of July!

meowmeowmans said...

Thank you, dear pals! Happy Independence Day to you, We hope it's a safe a quiet one. Let freedom ring!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Independence Day!

Sandee said...

Happy Independence Day! ♥

Katie and The Katz said...

Happy Independence Day Dear Friends! Stay safe indoors dear kitties.
Purrz from the Katie Katz

Cathy Keisha said...

Happy 4th! Hope you're enjoying celebrating America and everything it used to stand for.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

hoping you have a happy, safe and quiet 4th! catchatwithcarenandcody

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Happy 4th, friends!!! Love that doodle :)

pilch92 said...

Happy 4th!That is a cute doodle of Angel Rosie. Excellent tips.

Anonymous said...

Happy Independence Day! Your doodle is totally pawsome!

Peachy, Stippie, Angel Binky and Granny said...

Pawkisses for a Happy Independence day to all of you. Hope you had a great one! 💙💖💙💖💙💖🗽

Eastside Cats said...

I was playing with Angel, when a particularly loud boom happened, and she ran for cover and didn't come back out until sometime after I slept. We've tried so many things to comfort her during this time, but in the end, she finds a hidey hole and hunkers down.

Kitties Blue said...

Super cute doodle. We hope you all had a safe holiday without too many loud noises. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

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