How to Keep Your Cat Calm during Fireworks

When it comes to fireworks festivities, we often think about how fearful and sensitive dogs are to the loud noises – but we rarely think that cats share this same noise phobia. If your cat has ever hid, vocalized, or acted strange at the sound of fireworks, thunder, or any other loud noise, here are some great ways you can help alleviate their noise phobia.

  • If you find that your cat has taken cover on top of a cupboard or underneath a piece of furniture – leave him or her alone! Your cat has deemed this ‘bolthole’ a secure zone and coaxing him or her out will only make the experience more stressful.
  • On the evenings you expect fireworks, ensure your cat is safely inside and away from all excitement areas. Remember to secure all doors, windows, and cat flaps; and draw curtains to reduce the noise from outside. If you can, periodically check on your cat to make sure he or she is safely tucked in.
  • Try plugging a Feliway® Diffuser in the room where the cat spends most of their time, at least 48 hours before the festivities. This pheromone therapy will increase his or her sense of security.
  • Make sure your cat is microchipped. Cats have a tendency of running when they become frightened or confused. If your cat is already microchipped, make sure all of your information is up to date by contacting your pet’s microchip provider.
  • Ensure your cat is provided with a litter tray both before and during the firework season. Like humans, increased anxiety can cause pets to urinate and defecate more frequently.

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