Watching Fireworks With Chris


We have unusual cats, especially Chris. There is just no better way to say that.

Yesterday we had a lot of company at our house and, as usual, Chris was up in everybody’s business. There is nothing surprising about that. Chris is a very social cat. What is a little surprising is what happened later.

We had planned on walking around the corner where we could watch the city fireworks display but a thunderstorm rolled in just before the fireworks were supposed to start. We sat on our patio as the wind pushed the rain through the screens. We were hoping it would be like a typical summer shower and be over quickly but it lasted long enough for us to give up on watching the fireworks.

Bad Cat Chris watching fireworksThen the rain ended as suddenly as it began and several locals began setting off their own fireworks that we could see from our patio. It quickly became very loud and Chris jumped up on the cat perch to get a better view.

He never ceases to amaze me. I know Chris and I knew that he would not be afraid of the fireworks but he was actually fascinated by them. He watched them with the same interest that he would watch a squirrel running up the screen.

Frankie was also not afraid of the fireworks and spent much of the evening on the patio as well but he took a more passive interest in the fireworks. Puck, as expected, was nowhere in sight but even he surprised me. Instead of being under the bed, he was actually napping on top of our bed and seemed not to notice the noise.

After a half hour or so the fireworks started getting better. It seemed that several neighbors on the other side of the marina spent a lot of money on fireworks, one in particular. Rose and I went outside and sat near the dock to watch the display. There was a ten minute stretch were it seemed to be more spectacular than most “official” fireworks displays.

While we were out there I kept thinking I should have brought my video camera with me but I was afraid it would be over by the time I got it. Eventually, I did get it and captured some good moments but not as good as what I missed. Someone even had a remote control helicopter that was probably filming everything from the air. Some people just have all the toys. I was told this morning that one homeowner spent $25,000 on fireworks for our enjoyment. Did I ever mention that I love where we live?

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14 thoughts on “Watching Fireworks With Chris

  1. Cody-Cat Chat (@CatChatCaren)

    Cody is like Chris. I also watched fireworks from our balcony at our condo (not by choice lol, they were sooo loud I went outside to see), and I ended up filming them and posted some on facebook. I wasn’t as thrilled about them as you because my poor dog went nuts. Cody was like Chris and sat and watched them, they are strange cats indeed!

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  2. Sparkle

    You guys had quite the show! We don’t get a lot around here, since we live in a high fire hazard zone, but we cats pretty much ignored the noise we did have. Boodie, in fact, slept through them in her usual evening spot on the living room rug.

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  3. onespoiledcat

    WOW….sounds like a rather spectacular display! Sam HAS watched fireworks before when he was younger but these days sleeps through them OR hides out in the garage (don’t ask me why). Glad you had a BOOMING 4th though!

    Pam

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  4. GrinningDwarf

    Chuck, I read on-line this morning about somebody in Florida flying a drone through a fireworks display and capturing it on video. Do you think that might have been what you saw?

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  5. The Island Cats

    Me and Ernie aren’t bothered by the fire-boomers too much, but Zoey does get scared and will hide under the bed, the couch, any place that she thinks she’ll be safe.

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I have heard that fireworks are less of a problem for cats than for dogs. The cats that don’t like it will hide but dogs will try to run away.

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  6. kittiesblue

    That is truly amazing that a private citizen could do all that. How lucky for you. We watch the city fireworks from our upper deck. I have no idea what the kitties are doing inside while we are outside. I know several of them don’t even like the noise from the garbage trucks so suspect they are holed up somewhere. Have a great week. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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