Pets are terrified of fireworks and fireworks noises. Cats, when afraid, will show these signs:
- Soiling in the house
- Loss of appetite
Here are some tips to help your cat or kitten on fireworks night.
- Ensure that you keep your cat and kitten in. Keep then in with plenty of time as fireworks can start late afternoon and early evening.
- Make sure that you are around and at home during the fireworks season so you can deal with your pet and keep them in your home and safe. We never book a holiday or are away from home during the first part of November.
- Don’t fuss and behave as normally as possible. Making a fuss will reinforce and heighten your pet’s fear.
- Turn up your TV or play music louder so that it drowns out the noise of fireworks.
- Ensure that your cat or kitten has a safe place to hide. Our cats will often hide under a bed.
- Close your curtains or blinds at night.
- Ensure that your cat or kitten is microchipped in the event they escape, run away or get lost because they are scared.
- Never punish your cat or kitten if they create any mess because they are fearful. It’s not their fault.
You can also try non-prescription, natural products that will help to reduce stress and anxiety. Feliway will emit a scent that is produced naturally when cats are feeling comfortable and relaxed. It will give your cat a sense of calm and peace and help to reduce stress.
Zylkene is a product that can help support cats and dogs in stressful situations where they need to adapt their behaviour to cope. It is very simple to give your cat with food or as a treat daily. You can also consult your vet for advice.