How to be Cats Safe and Stress-Free this Fourth of July. Keep your cats inside- especially if they are outdoor cats. Cats are often victim to sparklers and chaos over the weekend so it is best to keep them out of harm’s way. If you’re having a busy home which would be unusual for your cat, create a “safe haven” for your pet such as a carrier with a favorite blanket and toy so they have a place to retreat from the noise and festivities when they have had enough. You can buy a pheromone plug-in, this will help to relieve any stress your cat may have during the weekend.
Dr. Carol’s Tip: Placing a cotton ball in each of your cat’s ears helps to muffle noise as does playing a soft radio and closing your windows. Remember to remove the cotton balls. Homeopathic calming remedies including Bach’s Rescue Remedy and Tranquility Blends containing the herb Skull Cap help to safely reduce stress levels for dogs and cats with no adverse effects. Both products may be applied to the inner (hairless) ears which act as acupuncture pressure points in dogs and cats. Both may also be given by mouth.
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Be proactive. No matter where you and your 4-legged family are spending the holiday, locate a 24-hour veterinary facility just in case an emergency occurs and keep the phone number handy. Keep these tips handy and enjoy!