Monday, July 3, 2017

Cats + Fireworks ≠ An Unhappy Cat

Mom Paula had to go back to her old mathematical teaching days for our header today.  Cats "plus" fireworks "does not equal" an Unhappy Cat. Mom Paula is going to share with our readers what she does to help keep us calm during thunderstorms and fireworks.




Up until about two years ago, loud noises didn't bother Truffle and Brulee.  In fact, Truffle would sit at the window and watch the fireworks display.  However, something happened about two years ago to scare Truffle and now she hates thunderstorms and fireworks.  To make matters worse, the general public is allowed to purchase fireworks and shoot them in neighborhoods, so the noise is even louder, especially around Independence Day.  I thought I'd share things I've done to help Truffle and Brulee when they are anxious about thunderstorms and fireworks.


Brulee and Truffle hiding from the noises of the firecrackers

It's not unusual for a cat to be afraid of loud noises, especially from fireworks or thunder.  Many cats will show their fear through hiding.  Truffle and Brulee have hidden under the chair, the bed, and the dressers.  It's okay if they are hiding, as long as they don't appear to be too stressed. Truffle usually goes in my bedroom under the bed because it's in the back of the house and the the noise of firecrackers tends to be muffled there.   

If your cat doesn't already have a safe place to hide, provide one for her. If your cat feels comfortable in a crate or carrier, you can encourage her to go in there by leaving a few pieces of her favorite treats inside. I don't recommend closing them off in a bathroom or bedroom unless they are comfortable being in closed spaces.  Truffle and Brulee hate to be closed in a room and it would cause them more stress.  Close all of the doors and windows to help keep the noise level down.

Brulee watches TV during thunderstorms or fireworks in the neighborhood

If you usually leave your windows and doors open, it's important to close them during a thunderstorm or when there are fireworks.  Some people recommend playing calm music to help quieten the noise.  Truffle and Brulee are used to a television being on during the day and night, so I tend to turn up the volume slightly to normal programming to help drown out some of the noise.  If your cat is used to having the TV turned on, this will help her feel that everything is normal.  I also talk in a normal voice, so the girls feel comfortable.  I don't try to pick up the girls to comfort them unless they come to me.  I've read that overcompensating cats when they are fearful with excessive attention can encourage their fear. Sometimes, Truffle will want to climb into my arms and other times, she heads for her safe haven under the bed.


Brulee likes the Pet Naturals® of Vermont Calming Treats

Sometimes, I believe Truffle needs additional support to stay calm.  About 1 1/2 years ago, we reviewed the Pet Naturals® of Vermont Calming Treats from Chewy.com.  To be honest, I'd forgotten about the treats this past weekend and when the fireworks began Saturday night, Truffle immediately began heading for cover.  I remembered the treats, but Truffle was too fearful to even take a treat, which is unusual for her.  I posted a photo on Facebook, showing Truffle hiding under one of the chairs and one of our cat blogging friends suggested giving them some calming treats about an hour prior to sundown to see if that would help.  Last night (Sunday), I gave Truffle two of the treats and gave Brulee one treat (Brulee isn't as fearful of the loud noises).  We did have fireworks in the neighborhood (although not as much as Saturday night), but Truffle remained in the living room with me and stayed relaxed.  The photo below is evidence of how chilled she was during the fireworks in the neighborhood.


Truffle relaxing during the fireworks

The Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats for cats has high potency, natural ingredient that are properly formulated for optimal results.  These treats work naturally and are not a sedative.  There are three ingredients that work together to calm behavior without sedation or personality changes.  The treats can be used daily or in times of stress.  You can give 1 treat per day for a cat who is anxious all the time, but it's safe to double or triple the dosage in times of increased stress, such as a thunderstorm or fireworks.  The treats are a little larger and firmer than their normal treats, so I break them into smaller pieces to make it easier for them to eat. I'll definitely continue to use these on Truffle during those stressful times and may encourage the pet sitter to give her one a day when I'm away because Truffle does suffer some separation anxiety.  This way, my girls can stay happy and calm, even during the worst of storms and noise.  I can't guarantee you'll have the same results I had with Truffle last night, but the treats definitely worked for us.

I do want to emphasize that all pets should be kept indoors, if possible during thunderstorms and when people are shooting fireworks!!!  Using a combination of all of the above and the treats are helping Truffle better cope with the fireworks this season.

For our dog owning friends, Pet Naturals® of Vermont also has a calming treat for dogs.





These treats are available at Chewy.com and are approximately $7.35 for a bag of 30 treats.




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34 comments:

  1. We're lucky that none of us get scared of loud noises or fireworks. Our woofies hated storms and fireworks.

    The Florida Furkids

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  2. We're glad that the treats seem to be helping Truffle and Brulee. It's starting to get noisy here tonight. Wish we had some of those treats!

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  3. I'm glad the treats help Truffle and Brulee. We have a noisy air conditioner upstairs, so my human keeps that turned up if there are fireworks nearby.

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  4. Happy 4th of July to you all from your Canadian friends, Wendy & Dani. We hope they keep the loud noises to a minimum. Fireworks are awfully pretty to look at though.

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  5. Wonder if these treats would help with trips to the V E T. Hmmmm . . .

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  6. We sure don't like boomie season year round. Happy Independence Day from all of us. We hope it's a quiet one in your neck of the woods!

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  7. I didn't know about calming treats, great idea. Sammy is afraid of thunder. Happy 4th!

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  8. Both our pets have anxiety for unusually loud noises. Our cat runs and hides, our dog barks like a maniac running through the house

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  9. I have three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds, two of who are deathly afraid of thunder, fireworks, etc. (they were likely used for hunting and at least one of them caught some buckshot, which is still inside her). We also have three rescued cats - my old girl, Moko, is reactive on and off. Thunderstorms don't typically bother her and unless the firstworks are being done right by our house, she doesn't seem to be bothered (my husband's friend brought by a big load of fireworks and shot them off in our front yard yesterday and Moko went into hiding, which she virtually never does). Our nearly 4-year-old cat, Arata, actually LIKES fireworks - the brighter the better, but the sound doesn't bother him. My kitten, Kotoha, who just turned 1 (two days from now would be her gotcha day) reacts to the really noisy ones, but not so much to the less noisy ones. Then again, with Kotoha, I found her at just two weeks of age - two days after the 4th, and last year my husband's friend brought by over $600 of fireworks, so it was over two straight hours of noise (he KNOWS I don't like it, but he pays the mortgage, so my opinion I guess doesn't count. Anyway, last year the 4th was especially noisy, and the following day we had some really severe thunderstorms. I found Kotoha on the morning of the 6th, with two of her siblings dead and her obviously scared and wet and the mama cat nowhere to be seen. I really haven't had to do too much for the cats, although I would love calming treats like these for Moko and Kotoha. As for the two dogs who need something, I give them calming tablets (from GNC). They each get four of those wrapped in half a piece of American cheese. Then, I spray some calming spray on the front of their Thundershirts, and after a few minutes to let the spray dissipate a bit, put the Thundershirts on. Kyoko and Seiji do best with me using multiple things to help calm them. Of course, I keep a TV on and windows closed, and I stay in the house with the furbabies while the rest of the family is out watching the fireworks. I'd rather be with my dogs and cats - especially since it really helps them to have me there.

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  10. Great tips. Glad ya'll like da treats. We won't go near 'em. Trust me, mommy's tried. MOL Stay safe and Happy 4th. Big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  11. Great list of ideas! We make sure everyone has used the bathroom and is safely tucked inside the house by 9 so the fireworks haven't started just yet! In our pack we only have 1 that has an issue, but it's always better to be safe than sorry!

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  12. I'm so happy Truffle got relief!! We had a crazy night with the pups and fireworks, but thankfully we made it through. LOL
    Will have to keep these treats in mind.

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  13. I am fortunate that my dog and one of my cats does not have a sensitivity to fireworks and loud noises, however, my other cat has always been nervous and anxious when someone new comes into the house, or the door bell rings. When I see your photo of your cats hiding under the dresser I can relate and feel bad for them. My cats comfort place is under our bed when he gets scared.

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  14. We had a rough night last night with all the loud booms. Sophie, my ACD mix didn't want to go potty in the back yard and couldn't find a room she was comfortable in. Finally she chose a side next to the bed where she almost never goes. I'm definitely getting calming treats next year. We've never had a night quite like last night.

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  15. Ruby is OK as long as she is inside (we walk her early in the day to avoid the fireworks). Rosie, our kitty is partially deaf which helps her on July 4th, I think.

    That's interesting about not picking cats up when they are stressed. I had never heard that if might increase their stress. That's good to know.

    The treats sound great and I will definitely enter.

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  16. Your girls are always gorgeous, even when hiding! The suggestions you made are fantastic and apply to any cat who has these moments. I have never personally tried calming treats (first time I have ever heard of them actually) with my cats. My 10 cats for the most part don't mind thunderstorms! My kitten, Cheshire, did find the storm this weekend rough with the hard rain. He wanted comfort and did his best to relax!

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  17. So glad the treats worked. I need to check them out to see about the ingredients. Thanks for sharing and letting us know how well they worked, I'll be adding these to my recommendation list.

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  18. This year the fireworks were worse than ever. Lola and Lexy usually aren't bothered by them, but this year they were skittish. Grest tips.

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  19. Fireworks are such a plague. For cats, for dogs ... You'd think that living in the middle of nowhere you wouldn't have to worry about such things. But our new neighbors do seem to like them and Canada Day was their first time to give it a go. Fortunately, Cookie doesn't really care.

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  20. I hold him till it gets quiet

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  22. We have Bonfire Night fireworks for weeks before the actual night (5ht of November). These treats sound a perfect aid to ease the stress of restless cats.

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  23. I'm glad my advice was able to help Truffles and Brulee. TW read that advice before Pop had his back surgery so she made sure he took his pain meds before the pain started. If you wait, it won't help. I don't fret during fireworks but if I get a little fearful during a bad thunderstorm, I'll go into Pop's room and knowing he's close calms me.

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    1. Thank you for the advice. I'm hoping there won't be anymore this week, but I'm not going to hold my breath!

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  24. Aww Truffle and Brulee. Well I must say those treats worked like a charm. Truffle looks RELAXED. $7.35 is a small price to pay for peace of mind for mama's girls. Glad it all worked out.

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  25. Fireworks and thunderstorms, they ruled my life with my previous dog. It's not easy having a pet who is so terrified of noises like that. I am so glad to hear the calming treats helped! Ya!

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  26. I agree, it is frustrating that the general public can purchase fireworks and set them off whenever and wherever. I'm sorry Truffle and Brulee are frightened in this situation. Henry and Jack hide under the bed.

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  27. Did you ever find out what scared Truffle? I really wish fireworks were not available to the public. Every year our neighborhood sounds like a war zone. And it's not kids shooting them off, but adults who otherwise seem like responsible people. Drives me crazy!

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    1. I was traveling for work a lot two years ago and it's possible a thunderstorm or fireworks scared her and I wasn't her for comfort.

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  28. It's such a shame that one negative experience causes fear after years of calm. It sounds like the calming treats worked beautifully and I'm so glad.

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  29. PS - thanks for hosting the giveaway and including one dogs! :-)

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  30. Ooops...I see my first comment didn't post! Technology! I didn't realize cats had fear of fireworks. I guess I always thought they were so calm! Coincidentally, one of my Huskies started becoming fearful about two years ago. We used to all sit out on my back deck and I'd watch the fireworks while my FiveSibes slept all around my feet. But a couple years ago one of them started showing signs she did not like them. Now, we stay inside, a/c & fans going and TV on, too. This year was *the* worst, I believe because as you say, folks can now buy them on just about every corner. My street sounded and lit up like a war zone, sending my Bandit girl into a frenzy looking for a quiet spot. She'd run into a back bedroom only to be greeted by our neighbor's booms, sending her back out onto my lap. She finally settled down after I gave her some natural aid under the dining room table where one of the a/c units were blaring. I feel so bad for her. I had been reading about calming treats and would love try these for her. Thank you for sharing this info! Your Truffle and Brulee are so beautiful!

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  31. I am so glad that the treats helped Truffle on Sunday! Although my dogs aren't bothered by loud noises (so far) as you pointed it out, they might become so in the future. Two of my sisters had dogs that were terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks. Summer nights were often stressful for them.

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