This little guy is such a cutie and so lucky to have found a good home. Anakin first appeared with other feral cats coming to eat at a place of business. After a few attempts, he was caught and brought home. His vet said Anakin was born without a pelvis or back legs, but his internal organs are normal. The vet was surprised Anakin’s feline mom had taken care of him, so he’s lucky twice over.
Anakin angles himself over his front legs and holds his torso off the ground to move. And he can really move! Apparently, he uses his tail sometimes for support. Pretty amazing!
In addition to these suggestions for keeping your pets safe around fireworks, there are a number of things you can try that can help lower your pet’s level of anxiety this 4th of July and during other stressful times. Check out these products & techniques for keeping your pets calm—some of them might be new to you.
Unless they just let their animals roam, most people don’t expect to lose their pets. So any lost-pet posters you see and any pets you see running loose who clearly have a family, belong to someone who didn’t think their pet would get lost—meaning those pets belong to someone like you and me, someone who thought their pets were safe & protected. Most of us can probably do more to protect our animals, but this is especially important around holidays with fireworks.
The days following the 4th of July in the U.S. are very busy for animal shelters and tons of lost posters go up for cats and dogs. Some shelters even stay open for holiday so people can retrieve their pets that escape.
Most cats seem to respond to fireworks by hiding, but they are still at risk for bolting in a panic. Dogs are also at great risk of escaping, but they may also respond to their fear with destruction or even aggression.
keep your pets inside, DO NOT leave them outside, even if you fear they may damage your home
don’t leave your pets alone
if you have to leave them alone, do not leave them where they can destroy things and possibly escape or harm themselves
DO NOT leave them chain or tied anywhere—it can lead to strangulation if you dog panics
make sure your cats & dogs have on their collar & tags, are micro-chipped & that their info. is current
close all exterior doors, windows, and pet doors
take your dog on a long walk early in the day to help expend some energy
if you have a sensitive dog, keep her on a leash at all times while she’s outside for walks or to potty, even if you’re not near a fireworks show and even if you’re in your yard or neighborhood—panicked dogs can jump over tall fences and burst through gates they normally could not get over or through
if fireworks go off unexpectedly and your dog panics, get her to any enclosed space
consider feeding your dog well before evening—food can help make him sleepy
don’t leave matches/fireworks lying around—it could lead to heavy metal poisoning
don’t set off fireworks with dog around—it could lead to burns and serious injury
don’t leave your dog in a car
if your dog is already crate trained she may feel safest in her crate
allow your pets access to the inner-most room of your house, provide blankets to burrow under, etc.
play music or the radio
remember a terrified cat or dog can behave out of character, don’t push their limits
Too cute! I’ve made cat houses out of cardboard, but nothing as nifty as this. Check out the superb cardboard rocket tutorial at Craftzine from Haley Pierson-Cox, who has her own site, The Zen of Making full of DIY goodness. There are even carpet squares for each level. Haley uses actual screws and nuts to hold the rocket together, for the most part, instead of glue, which gives the rocket more structural integrity and avoids exposing your kitty friends to any chemicals in the glue. I don’t know how much of an issue that is unless your cat eats glue, but I do like how the hardware looks in the final product. Have fun—your kitty will be over the moon!
4 cardboard boxes, 20″ x 20″ x 20″ square single-walled cartons
2 carpet squares, 20″ x 20″
68 #10 washers
34 #10 nuts
18 1/2″ #10 screws
16 3/8″ #10 screws
Long ruler or yardstick
Pencil or marker
Drill or awl
Hot glue gun
Paint, in your favorite colors – Haley used Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint