Fireworks: Dos and Don'ts
Dos and Don’ts of Firework Night for Cat Owners
Do ensure your cat has easy access to its favourite hiding place, whether that be under the bed or on top of the cupboards. This is a place where they can relax and feel comfortable when scared.
Don’t try and coax your cat out of a hiding place, they will emerge when they feel relaxed and ready.
Do try and keep your cat inside during Bonfire Night, securing doors, windows and cat flaps and closing the curtains to keep the noise at a minimum.
Do ensure your cat is inside the house and windows and doors are shut to prevent your cat from escaping. Don’t forget to provide litter trays!
Don’t assume your cat is fine, they are very clever at masking their own fear. Look out for signs they feel safe, which is often rubbing the head from the side of the chin to the base of the ear on household items, conveying wellbeing.
Do plug in a Feliway diffuser into your cat’s favourite room 48 hours prior to a fireworks party, which contains a synthetic copy of their natural pheromones to help increase the sense of security. An alternative could be to spray Feliway on Prominent objects in the home.
Do provide a litter tray in a private area. Serious conditions such as feline lower urinary tract disease can result from cats being reluctant to urinate.
Do stay in as much as possible with your pet during fireworks season as your normal habits will help them feel settled. The noise of the TV or music can also drown out the bangs.
Don’t try to comfort or pick up your pet if it gets distressed as fearful cats prefer to be left to cope on their own.
Do get your cat micro-chipped so that if they do run away, they can be traced when found.