Coping With Fireworks

Coping With Fireworks

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Pets like routine and a quiet environment. Unexpected noises can upset your pet. Loud noises such as music played loudly, domestic appliance (vacuum cleaner, mixer, clippers, etc.), parties at home, visitors or even fireworks can be frightening for your pet.

When exposed to such noises, they might try to escape the unpleasant sound source, mostly by running away or hiding. Other signs displayed include shivering or vocalizing.

Adaptil & Feliway have put together these great tips so you can prepare for Bonfire night in advance and help your pet cope with the loud noises.

Top tips to help your dog cope with fireworks

  • Provide a den or hiding place where they can feel safe.
  • Increase your dog’s feeling of security by plugging in an Adaptil diffuser as close to the den or hiding place as possible, start using the diffuser at least a few days before fireworks are expected.
  • Ignore fearful behaviour, such a panting, shaking and whining. Dogs may pick up on their owner’s anxiety which could make the problem worse.
  • In the run up to Bonfire Night walk your dog when it is still light outside. This reduces the possibility of fireworks being set off and your dog becoming worried.
  • Make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are securely closed during fireworks night. This will reduce the chances of your pets escaping.
  • Provide distractions, for example new toys or chews, while fireworks are happening. Draw curtains and switch on the TV to mask the noise from the fireworks.
  • Try not to leave your pets alone while fireworks are going off, pets will be more relaxed when they have a familiar person with them during this time.
  • DO NOT punish your pet! This will only make your pet more distressed.

Top tips to help your cat cope with fireworks

  • Provide lots of places for your cat to hide, such as cupboards or wardrobes. Make these spaces comfortable with their blankets or beds. Feliway can be sprayed on these areas to make them more comforting for the cat.
  • Make sure resources such as food, water and litter boxes are available for your cat at all times whilst hidden in some part of the home.
  • Plug in a Feliway Diffuser in the area your cat usually feels the most secure, at least 24 hours for noises that can be anticipated such as fireworks, and keep it plugged-in continuously until a week after the event.
  • During the event allow the cat to hide.
  • Do NOT try and coax your cat out as this may upset it more.
  • For Fireworks night, make sure you close all curtains, blocking out flashing lights and reducing the noise.
  • Also make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are closed and locked. This will prevent the risk of your cat escaping and running away out of fear.
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