Fri 05 Nov 2021
We share seven tips from national pet charities to keep pets from suffering stress this fireworks season in this two-minute read.
I love pets, having a gorgeous golden retriever myself.
And I get to meet plenty of my clients’ furry friends during my daily work across Runcorn.
According to a 2018 survey by builders, McCarthy Stone, pets made people a lot happier about their everyday lives.
45% of the people they polled said their pet is the main reason they exercise, and a whopping 31% said having a pet gives them a purpose in life.
So, now that fireworks season is back with a bang and a whoosh and frequent flashes, I thought I’d share seven simple steps you can take to help your beloved pets avoid anxiety this weekend.
Below are four tips from the world-renowned Battersea Dogs Home, followed by three more ideas from the CATS Protection charity.
- Stay indoors. Don’t walk your dog in the evening during fireworks weekend.
- Draw the curtains. Unexpected flashes can cause dogs anxiety as much as random bangs, so close the curtains.
- Give your dog space. Confining your dog in one room during the evening can cause extra anxiety for them. Instead, let them wander indoors as much as they want.
- Distract them with treats. Long-lasting chews and bones are a great way to keep their minds off what’s happening outside.
- Stay calm. Instead of overly comforting an anxious cat, keep cool – your cat is more likely to feel relaxed if you are.
- Create a safe space for your cat. A cardboard box lined with blankets is ideal. However, cats feel safer higher up – so place the box on a sturdy shelf if possible.
- Play music. Cats and loud noises don’t necessarily mix. Try keeping a radio or TV on. This distraction can lessen outside noise and help if your cat gets scared from the sudden sounds of fireworks. Nina Simone’s Feline Good is a cat classic (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
Although this article features advice for dogs and cats, the basic care principles are the same for many of our beloved pets.
I hope you enjoy the fireworks this weekend and that your pets don’t even notice them.
Thanks for reading.