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How do you prepare your cat for the 4th of July?

As exciting as Independence Day is for us humans, the 4th of July is one of the most notoriously difficult days for our pets. There are loud, unfamiliar noises that can cause them to shake out of fear—quite literally—which is only compounded by our absence as we celebrate away from home.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) even notes that more pets go missing on July 4th and 5th than any other day of the year. This occurs when dogs and cats become so frightened and anxious that they try to escape the yard or house in search of safety and silence. Here’s how you can help them prepare.

-  Increase the amount of exercise they get in the days leading up to the 4th of July

-  Insulate your pet indoors, in a quiet cozy space full of their favorite things

-  Try calming clothing. Like infants, snug, consistent gentle pressure helps them feel secure

- Stay home, hire a pet sitter or use a camera
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Important side note
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Pet Poison Control Hotline
A consultation fee may apply

ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

Pet Poison Hotline: (800) 213-6680

Important side note
on pet toxicities

During COVID, as people introduced new substances into their homes, such as baker’s yeast, paint, and vitamin D3, pet poisonings notably increased. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these highly toxic household products.

  • Over-the-counter drugs of all sorts (painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements, etc.)
  • Insecticides
  • Household plants
  • Household cleaners (including hand sanitizer)
  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
  • Fertilizers and other garden-related products
  • Automotive chemicals including antifreeze which is one of the most highly poisonous substances