This 4th of July, I am going to ask you to consider staying home with your cat. And to consider creating a safe place of refuge from the noises of the holiday.
I know there are a lot of festivities and plenty of fun things to do but can you do these things during the day and then plan on being back inside safe and secure with your cat in your habitat when the sun goes down?
The reason that I ask you is that we cats are afraid of super loud noises. You know we don’t like thunderstorms but fireworks and firecrackers can be even more spooky. I can’t hardly stand to think about it now! ~shiver~
Noise is measured in units called decibels. The decibel range is from 0 to 140, the higher the number, the louder the noise. When humans are exposed to noise levels of 110 decibels or more for more than one minute, hearing loss can occur. Noise levels of 130 decibels or over will be painful and is likely to cause immediate hearing damage. In fact, no more than 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to 100 decibels is recommended.
Here is a list of common noises and their decibel level.
- Aircraft at take off- 180
- Lawn mower- 90
- Vacuum cleaner- 80
- Refrigerator running- 40
- Leaves rustling-10
I don’t mean to offend you but we cats have superior hearing to humans. It is true. Our hearing range is 45-64,000 hertz as compared to 64-23,000 in humans. This means we cats can hear sounds that humans can not hear on both ends of the spectrum, and especially the higher end. And we cats don’t get to wear earplugs!
A cat’s ear is designed to draw sound into the ear canal. This enables us to hear sounds like a can opening from 30 feet away, or a mouse running around the house, or a house fly buzzing in the next room or the pfffftttt from the whipped cream can from behind closed doors, with the garbage disposal running and the television on.
Because of our unique ear design, our hearing is more sensitive to the higher amplitude of sound. We discussed that human hearing can be damaged by repeated exposure to loud noises, so think how we cats feel. Loud noises also make us more susceptible to hearing damage and they are super spooky too.
This is why we don’t like loud noises.
When the 4th of July approaches and the neighborhood hooligans start setting off firecrackers, Lazy Leopard and I make sure that Bossy Backyard Blue Jay has flown deep into the forest away from the noise. (You can imagine how spooky it is for our bird friends when fireworks explodes in the night sky with flashes of light and those horrible booms).
Then, my parents prepare a safe place for me to hide from the noise. They place one of my thinking circles in the master bedroom, along with chow for chomping and my favorite toys. I have quick access to my Smart Cat Box in case I get too nervous. They pull all the shades and dim the lights in the room and then they leave the door open just a crack so that if I get scared, I have a safe place to run and hide.
And the best part is, they stay home with me! Because they know the best way to keep me from being too scared is to stay home and pamper me, I mean keep me company. Just knowing they are home with me makes me feel better.
I am curious, is your Cat afraid of loud noises too? And if you say yes, do you think you would consider staying home this year?
Thank you for listening, even if you can’t hear as well as me. hahahaha. Friends, I am sorry, I shouldn’t tease you about your limitations.
Happy 4th of July!