In the United States, more pets are lost around the Fourth of July than any other time. Animal shelters see spikes of around one third in the number of lost animal calls. Unfortunately, only around 14 percent of pets who are lost are returned to their humans. For any pet, this is bad news. But for a special needs pet, such as a diabetic cat like me, this can be deadly.
You might think that dogs are the only pets who really get lost, because they are allowed to roam outside and escape when the fireworks start. While dogs are more at risk, many cats are lost too.
So courtesy of Catster and Petfinder, here are some tips to keep your felines from getting lost on the Fourth of July. That way you can enjoy the fireworks and we’ll still be at home when you are done watching them.
- Keep us inside. For my human, this is no problem. Jacey and I are indoor only cats. And with the mourning doves on the balcony, we don’t even get to go there! But some of you human have indoor outdoor cats. For the Fourth of July, especially when the fireworks start, make sure we are inside and can’t escape.
- Give us a safe room. We felines do not like loud noises. And if it’s loud for you humans, just imagine what it is like for us, with our much more sensitive ears! So give us a room where the windows are closed and the door is shut, so that the noises we hear will be somewhat muffled. And if you have guests, make sure the door to this room is closed and nobody comes in.
- Make sure we are easily identified if we get lost. Microchip us, tag us, or take a picture of us. If we get lost, you’ll be glad you did this. Jacey has a microchip but I do not, but my human thinks he will get me one the next time I visit the humans in white coats.
- If you are having guests over, play with us before the strange humans arrive. We will be much more calm if you do this. And recruit their help, by asking them to not let us out of the safe room and to keep an eye on us to make sure we don’t sneak out.
If you do this, you won’t have to deal with the shock and stress of trying to find a cat who got scared and got lost. It is especially important to remember this if you have a diabetic cat or other special needs cat. Diabetic cats can’t go too long without their insulin, and other special needs cats have similar concerns.
But with a few precautions, both humans and felines will enjoy the Fourth.