Wednesday, July 2, 2008


With the 4th of July upon us, I thought I’d share my personal take on the holiday from a cat’s perspective. Here is an excerpt from the “Holiday Fun (& Danger)” chapter of The World Is Your Litter Box….

4th of July: The birthday of America with lots of patriotic razzle-dazzle, but not a good holiday for cats. Most Americans celebrate the 4th with backyard barbeques that fill the air with noxious, cloying smoke (Fools! Do they think global warming is a myth?) Then when it gets dark, after gorging themselves and drinking copious amounts of beer, they go and watch explosions in the sky. While some of these explosions are quite pretty (and quite psychedelic if you’ve been sniffing catnip), they are loud and VERY SCARY. Apart from seeing homes festooned with American flags and hearing off-key versions of the Star Spangled Banner played by horrible high school bands, and the possibility of eating leftover BBQ, there is not much for a cat to look forward to on the 4th of July except the return of sanity on the 5th. NOTE: The 4th of July is a time you outdoor cats should stay inside. Believe it or not, some twisted humans will actually go out of their way to torment cats with fireworks. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!”

Here’s wishing everyone (cat, human and otherwise) a safe, happy and fun-filled 4th of July!

Your Friend,


Lux said...

For sure! My mom's already worried about fireworks - she keeps seeing those little temporary places selling them, and here we are in a very dry desert (it did rain last week, but still ...).

Have a happy 4th!

Shilgiah the Cat said...

Excellent advice. I think all cats should be indoor cats all the time. Tommy doesn't mind the noise but I think it's scary and spend the evening under the bed.

Humans can sure be stupid sometimes. What a stupid time of year (during fire season everywhere) to set off flashy fire things that can make more fire!!! I think fireworks should be only allowed on TV or at professionally run fireworks shows. What is wrong with people??!!

Anonymous said...

We'll be hiding under the couch! We don't like the noise one little bit! Mom is also not a fan of fireworks. The road-side stands have been out for a week around here.

Daisy said...

This is not a good holiday for me, either. I will spend the evening hiding under the bed!

Derby said...

Happy 4th.

Fred said...

Happy 4th, Quasi!

andrée said...

For some reason, the cats that live with me have no problems with fireworks. None like thunder, but fireworks seem OK. By the way, Quasi — I finally reviewed your book! Loved it!