Another fun video featuring internet celebrity cats! “Cat Summer” features Grumpy Cat, Nala Cat, Hamilton the Hipster Cat and Oskar the Blind Cat. The video, released by the official cat food of summer – Friskies Grillers, also pays tribute to the late Colonel Meow.
For every video view until Labor Day, Friskies will donate 1 meal (up to 1,000,000) to shelters across the country in Colonel Meow’s name! Watch below, and be sure to share!
Be warned, it’s a fun song that is a bit of an earworm! Enjoy!
While humans are uttering “oohs” and “ahhs,” enjoying the 4th of July fireworks, many terrified dogs are digging under or jumping over fences, breaking tethers or even shattering windows in an attempt to escape from the frightening noises. Cats who are allowed outside are also vulnerable to being scared away from their homes.
Frightened run-away pets wind up in shelters across the country, which fill beyond capacity in the days following the unofficial kickoff to summer, making it their busiest time of year. Some of these lost animals will eventually be reunited with their families, but others will sadly be injured or killed in traffic or remain unclaimed in shelters.
Although it’s unclear why fireworks are more terrifying for some pets than others, Best Friends Animal Society veterinarian Dr. Michael Dix points out that loud noise that seem to come out of nowhere, can induce a fear response in many dogs.
“If a dog cannot settle down, constantly pants, barks or seems to be trying to hide or escape, they may have a fear of fireworks,” Dix said. “If you feel your animal has a severe phobia or a negative reaction to fireworks, you should contact your veterinarian about options including anti-anxiety medications.”
“Noise phobias in cats tend to be less noticeable,” Dix continued. “They can manifest as hiding in small areas, which is also behavior for a cat. Thus, owners are less aware of the stress the cat may feel.” Best Friends Animal Society recommends taking a few simple precautions before the first fireworks are lit to help keep pets home, safe and comfortable this holiday weekend:
Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely. Secure dogs in a quiet room, close curtains and play music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.
Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including in your own yard or street, as some will chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk to be burned or blinded in the process.
Ensure that pets are microchipped and wear current identification tags, just in case they accidentally get loose.
If your pet does go missing over the holiday, check immediately and often with local animal shelters. Go to the shelter in person to identify your pet, rather than calling or emailing, as staff may not be able to respond in a timely enough fashion. Kennel space is often limited around the 4th of July because so many pets panic, and some shelters are unable to hold animals extra time due to overcrowding.
About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.
Purina Pro Plan is kicking off a social donation campaign, driven by cat photos! You can help feed cats waiting in rescues, and all you have to do is share your cat photos on social media using the #MyGreatCat hashtag!
Pro Plan wants to inspire cat owners to capture moments with their own cats, and then share what makes cats great! Until Aug. 31, for each post, Pro Plan Cat will donate one pound of its cat food (up to 50,000 lbs) to cat rescue groups in need through the Rally to Rescue network. You can see more details on this here: http://www.proplan.com/mygreatcat.
Pro Plan has also enlisted help from 19-year-old photographer Jessica Trinh for a new photography collection that explores what’s so great about cats.
Jessica is known for some of her captivating portraits of dogs, but she had never photographed cats so Pro Plan guided her on a journey to discover the qualities and quirks that make cats so unique by inviting her into the homes of 10 cat owners. She chronicled their personal stories through a photo collection, which will be revealed Saturday, June 14 in San Francisco’s Union Square. We can’t wait to see the results!
Start sharing! We can’t wait to see all the things that make your cat so great.