Australia Day is coming but don’t forget, cats hate fireworks

Bring Your Cat Indoors on Australia Day or…Adopt an Aussie Cat from Cat Haven.

Cat Haven is advising all cat owners to ‘Bring in the Cat’ on Australia Day. Whilst many people are looking forward to celebrating, the fireworks can be a loud and terrifying experience for cats, kittens and other pets in the city.

“Many cats are really frightened during fireworks due to the loud noise and cats really need to be brought inside to avoid them bolting in a panic and getting disoriented and lost.” Cat Haven’s Marketing Officer, Chandra Woodley said.

“It’s really important to keep your cats and kittens secured indoors and out of harm’s way during the fireworks on Australia Day.” Woodley said.

“Make sure your cat has a safe place to hide where it is quiet and it feels protected. Cats will often hide under a bed or in a dark, quiet cupboard when they are scared and come out after about half an hour.”

“People who aren’t attending the fireworks can comfort their pet by patting it and talking softly or even turn on the TV or radio to mask the noise. Sadly Cat Haven has had incidents in the past of cats becoming lost on Australia Day and finding themselves in the shelter in the following days. This may also be a timely reminder to get your cat microchipped so it can be returned home safely to you if it gets lost.” Woodley added.

Cat Haven currently has over 250 adult cats and 20 kittens up for adoption at the shelter and they are having a special Australia Day promotion through Australia Day and all weekend, where all adult cats are only $26 for the 26th!

“We have so many gorgeous Aussie adult cats who need a home this Australia Day; one gorgeous snowy boy called Warner has been here since Christmas and is still waiting for a home a month later which is sad.” Woodley said.

If you want to know more about Warner or the ‘$26 for the 26th’ promotion, or if your cat goes missing during the Australia Day fireworks, contact Cat Haven in Shenton Park, or check with your local council.

Among the cats looking for a new home is Warner, pictured above getting ready for Australia Day.

Source: Media Release

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