Collecchio, Italy, has a law that requires the use of silent fireworks out of respect for their furry, four-legged friends.

I think they have the right idea. I have three cats and two are very chill. At the sound of loud noises, they’ll just blink in indignation. However, the third kitty is a scaredy-cat. Loud sounds absolutely terrify him. Even a jet passing overhead, which happens a lot in Yuma, sends him scrambling for a hiding place.

Every year I hear stories of pets running away from their homes in panic during the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, most certainly due to the sound of fireworks or firecrackers.

These holidays are nightmares for my mom, who has five adorable shih tzus who can’t stop shaking during these celebratory periods. Her neighbors are particularly fond of firecrackers.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the colorful displays, but if silent options are available, they have my vote.

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