How can I keep my cats calm during very, VERY noisy construction outside our apartment.
Greetings. Here in New York we have local law 11
which mandates tight inspection and immediate repair of buildings. This is good as pedestrians have been killed by falling masonry. They have been inspecting our 20 story 50s era building for months and doing needed repairs, called SWARMP repairs, when necessary. Well the noise from 9 - 5 has been what you would expect, but now since they are by our apartment it has been intense. Like 8 hours rock concert, things vibrating and falling off the shelves intense. My wife who works from home, now works 8 hours @ the local cafe or in my office.
Our pets don't have that option, and they are suffering. We have an old dog who frankly is deaf, and while cognizant of the vibration doesn't seem to be upset.
Our cats are a different story. 11 year old is not happy but seems to be OK, eating and affectionate when the noise stops.
our newest 1 year old rescue, normally a sweet, troublesome, playful, kitty has become totally freaked and terrified. hasn't eaten, hides, and is now becoming timid and doesn't want to play and runs away if we want to pick him up (normally he LOVED that)
Am worried for him. It has been really rock-concert bad for about two weeks and will be so for another two weeks to one month according to building. Again when I say bad think of standing next to a pneumatic drill (which is what they are using on brickwork outside our apt) w/o ear protection 8 hours/day for a month.
we are seriously thinking of boarding the cats as a least bad option. but really need opinions on how to cope and how to make sure our cats aren't permanently damaged in hearing or psyche.
Again, dog, poor thing is 15 and now totally deaf. she doesn't seem to be having ill effects. Thanks to all!