Animals have very acute hearing, (particularly cats) so loud bangs and whistles will startle them and cause them stress.
Before firework season, if your cat is not already micro-chipped, think about having your cat implanted and this will increase the chances of your cat being reunited with you if he/she does run off.
Another preparation before firework season is to plug in a Feliway diffuser in the room that the cat spends most of his/her time. This needs to be plugged in at least 48 hours before the fireworks start and left switched on throughout the firework season. This will help increase their feeling of security in the home and help reduce anxiety.
On the evenings when you expect fireworks, ensure that your cat is safe and secure by keeping them inside. Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to prevent your cat from running away. In multi-cat households, shutting cats in overnight may cause tension and disharmony among your cats. Again a Feliway diffuser may help lower inter-cat tension.
If your cat hides on top of cupboards or under furniture, leave him/her there as this bolt-hole is where he/she feels safe. Just leave him/her alone, allow your cat to gain access to this area at all times and do not coax him/her out.
In order to block out some of the noise, draw curtains and play music or have the TV on.
Make sure your cat has access to food, water and litter tray facilities. Don’t be alarmed if your pet won’t eat during these events.
Ignore any fearful behaviour and do not try to comfort your cat – trying to cuddle or comfort a distressed cat as they will think you are worried too and this may make the problem worse. Instead stay relaxed, act normally and praise calm behaviour. If your cat wants to play then this will help distract them from the noise outside.
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