The Swiss National holiday takes place on August 1st every year : firecrackers, fireworks, and big fires are almost everywhere lit to celebrate the anniversary of our beautiful country.
The explosions of fireworks and firecrackers are terrifying for animals : their hearing, much more sensitive than ours, is assaulted by the noise. Animals are panicked and try to run away, with big risks of injuring themselves on obstacles or of being killed in a traffic accident.
How to keep your cat (and the other animals) safe during fireworks ?
- Choose fireworks without explosion.
- Use fireworks only the day of the event.
- Light fireworks in a zone clear and distant from houses and from farms to avoid any danger of fire.
- Light fireworks far from cowsheds and stables, and far from the pastures where are animals to avoid frightening them.
- For the municipalities : build your big fires the day of the demonstration only, or protect them with a small roadblock 40 cms high which will be removed 1-2 hours before lighting the fire. These simple measures avoid a horrible death for numerous small animals as the hedgehogs, the mice, or the snakes for whom this wooden heap represents a perfect shelter.
- Keep your cats and your dogs home, windows closed and curtains pulled. Behave as usual.
- If your cat hides under the bed or at the top of a cupboard, leave him alone : it is there that he feels safe. Do not try to bring him out of his hiding place.
Nose-to-Nose Awards 2016
The Nose-to-Nose Awards 48 finalists were announced on Tuesday, and we are very happy to see that some of our favourite blogs appear in the list. Concatulations and good luck for the continuation !
Fair zu Pfoten Award
We are not finalist for Nose-to-Nose Awards, but we are proud and happy to have received the Fair zu Pfoten Award on behalf of the Hermit. He asked us three questions :
- What animals do live at your home, or of what animals do you take care ?
We are two cats, and we live with two humans. Claire always lived with cats.
- How did you receive animals, or where do they come from ?
We adopted our humans while we were still kittens (Zorro at the beginning of 2013, and Pixie at the middle 2014). We met them thanks to common acquaintances.
- Are you vegan or vegetarian ?
Oh no, that would make us feel sick ! We are cats after all… But we appreciate some fresh grass from time to time.
Keep your pet safe
The nice people from Wayfair realized the infographic below which presents several tips to improve the safety of cats (and dogs) at home, outside, or on travel. We chose to share it with you because we like it :
Have a good week !
The use of electric fencings not visible by animals as well as the use of anti-runaway devices compounds of a thread buried on the verge of the ground and of a necklace which sends an electric shock to the cat as soon as it approaches this invisible limit are strictly forbidden in Switzerland. We thus do not speak about it in this article.
PIXIE : Look, Zorro, look at the gift that offered me Claire and Momo ! It’s immense ! We have now access to all the garden in front of the house !
ZORRO : Pixie, you exaggerate … This present is not only for you.
PIXIE : Yes it is ! It was my birthday on Wednesday, it’s MY park !
ZORRO : *sigh* The fate makes that our new fence was installed the same week of your second birthday, Pixie, that’s it. We already had an enclosure (see here and here for the story of the enclosure), but for financial reasons, it was small. This time, our humans made every effort to offer us a dream enclosure !
What are the characteristics of a good fence for cats ?
- It is high enough : cats can jump on average until a height of 1 m 80 (5,9 ft).
- It has a “return angle” of 60 cm (23,6 in) : cats climb everywhere. Without a “return angle”, a cat can easily cross a 2 m (6,5 ft) high fence by climbing and passing over.
- It goes up to the ground : a motivated 4 kg (8,8 lb) cat passes easily under a 8 cm (3,1 in) high space (we tested !).
- It has stitches from 3 to 5 cm (1-2 in) wide : young cats manage to sneak through wider spaces (if the head passes, all the cat passes).
- There is no tree, no table, or no wall too close which allows the cat to jump directly on the return.
- It is in compliance with the local regulations : it’s better to ask competent authorities before building a special fence : it would be really stupid to have to remove it hardly installed, right ?
If you have a garden, did you secure it in one way or another for your cat ? Or can your cat walk as he pleases ?