5 Nov 2020.
Fireworks may be fun for us, but they are not for most cats. As you make plans to go out and enjoy the show, please ensure that your kitty is kept safely at home.
Firework season generally starts from mid October to early November. And then it starts again for the New Year’s Eve celebrations of course.
Here are a few tips to make sure your cat feels safe and secure:
The unpredictable loud bangs can scare your cats while outdoors, this may cause them to run away and get lost. Mr Whiskers may not be happy with you, but keeping him safely indoors during the evening is your best option.
If your cat has a favourite place to sleep or hide, make sure this area is ready for your kitties night in. You can place their favourite toys or treats there for extra comfort.
If you would like to make your cat a cosy safe place, then a covered box with a hole for them to get into it works best. Add a blanket or maybe an old jumper so they are comforted by your scent. Cats feel safest in high places, so the higher you can but the box the better.
If possible, try and keep your cat away from the windows and close your blinds. The flashing lights can be just as scary as the sounds. A closed window will also prevent your cat from trying to escape.
Keeping the TV or radio on will help reduce the impact of the sudden loud bangs.
A distressed cat can become very aggressive, so it’s always best to leave your cat alone. Unlike humans they do not find a cuddle comforting and would prefer to stay hidden in their favourite hiding place.
During the fireworks, it’s always best to just act normal, if your cat senses that you’re not affected by them, then this may reduce their anxiety too.
Give your kitty some of his favourite treats during the fireworks. This may help your cat associate the bangs with a more positive taste.
If your furry friend is really scared you can buy them some calming products such as a Feliway Diffuser.
If Mr Whiskers does manage to escape, you want to make sure he is easily identified when found.
If you are a cat sitter caring for someone else’s cat, please do speak to the cat owner about the above mentioned points.
Have fun and remember to keep the kitties safe!
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