Cat Care Tips: July 2008 Archives
Celebrate Independence Day with parades, fireworks and good food, but keep your cat safe and happy while you celebrate the Fourth of July.
You may be tempted to let your cat out to enjoy the day's events or to prowl around as usual, but in reality, your cat won't enjoy the day as much as you will. You'll both be happier in the long run if you keep your cat inside. Your cat won't get hurt or lost and you'll know that your cat is safe and waiting for you when you get home.
Cats are easily agitated by loud noises of fireworks or sirens, unusual activity of parades and strangers in their neighborhood. What may seem like fun for you, will cause stress in your cat and may cause him to display aggressive behavior which will get him into trouble with neighborhood animals and people. Or worse, your cat might get so spooked that he gets into a fatal situation like in front of a moving car or trapped in an alley where nasty people are waiting for a frightened cat to torture. And the food... there is always something that smells good to your cat that he'll eat but it could make him sick.
Make this a happy holiday for your cat. Keep him indoors with plenty of food and water and a few toys to get him through the day. It will be hot so make sure your cat has shade and fresh or cool air - never leave him in a vehicle or in direct sunlight - cats can dehydrate and suffer a horrible death if they get too hot.
Keep human foods away from your cat, especially sweet things like ice cream and chocolate - chocolate is toxic to cats.
If your cat show signs of aggressive behavior, it's often a reaction to high stress situations. Get him to a safe, quiet area where he can calm down.If you think your cat might get out, follow our 5 tips for preventing your cat from becoming lost or stray. And also check out Stray Cats: 5 easy ways to protect your cat. Happy Independence Day!
35% percent of pet cats will get lost in their lifetime. And fewer than 10% of those stray cats make it home again. To prevent your cat from becoming a sad statistic like this, there are a number of steps you can take.
1) Have your pet wear a collar with your name address and current phone number on it. Get the metal ones, they don’t smudge and it’s harder to scratch them. There are many pet tag companies out there.
2) Check your home and yard for possible break points. A determined cat can squeeze through a very small space. If you can fit your hand through, your cat can get their whole body through. And doors, cats have learned how to open doors, so make sure they latch securely.
3) Introduce your cat to your neighbors. If your cat gets out, chances are that someone who lives close to you will see him. If they know it’s your cat, they’ll either let you know your cat is out or catch him for you.
4) Put a sign on your door to alert rescuers that there is a cat in your house in case of an emergency. If there is a fire in your building while you are out, a sign on the door increases the chances that your cats will be removed from danger. Let rescue workers know how many pets you have in the house and your vet’s name and phone number.
5) Get insurance for your pet – some policies cover loss or theft and some companies will help you find your pet.For more information, read 5 tips to prevent your cat from getting lost.
Here are 5 actions to take right now that will help to bring your cat home safely.
No matter how careful you are to prevent your cat from straying, 1 in 3 cats will be lost this year and over 90% of them won’t get back home to you. There are things you can do right now to get your cat home where he belongs.
1) Have copies of recent photos of your cat to distribute, email or fax to any and all of your contacts and local animal shelters. A picture can get you reunited faster and prove that the cat is yours.
2) If you haven’t already done it, get your cat a microchip and registered with a good company.
3) Have a copy of your cat’s medical records and your vet's contact information at home or on your PDA. If your cat is found, you might have to prove that he’s been vaccinated or she’s been spayed. And if the cat has any allergies or illnesses or special dietary needs, it's all there in one place for anyone who cares for your cat.
4) Make a list of emergency phone numbers. The company your cat’s microchip is registered with, your veterinarian and emergency animal hospital closest to you, local humane society or animal shelter, people who you can call on to help find your cat or who can help you treat your found cat that's been injured.
5) Have an Emergency Supply Kit ready with a carrier, food and water, blankets and a First Aid for Cats manual. If you cat is injured you might need to transport him to an emergency clinic right away.
This is the time of year when hundreds of cats get lost or stray too far from home. These steps will help you locate your cat in the event that your cat strays or more accurately, is chased or scared away from you.
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