Keeping your cats calm during Bonfire Night and other celebrations
01 November 2020
It’s that time of year, the nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and winter is just around the corner, along with many seasonal celebrations!
Celebrations such as Bonfire night and Diwali are set to take place in November and because of Covid-19, we expect that many people will put on their own firework displays at home instead of attending a public event, which could mean more fireworks in your neighbourhood.
As you probably know, bright lights and loud bangs are not the most comforting things for our feline friends, so here are 5 top tips that you can follow to make the nights a little more bearable for your cats:
- Keep your cat indoors after dark. It’ll reduce the risk of them being spooked.
- Create a safe space for your cat. A cardboard box lined with blankets is perfect. Cats feel safer higher up – placing the box on a sturdy shelf is even better.
- Play music. Yes, really! Cats and loud noises don’t necessarily mix and keeping a radio or TV can help if your cat gets scared from the sudden sounds of fireworks.
- Use a pheromone plug-in. A plug-in diffuser, such as Feliway, can create a calming effect on anxious cats. Begin using it a couple of weeks before fireworks season and place it in the room where your cat spends most of its time.
- Stay calm. Instead of overly comforting an anxious cat, keep your cool – your cat is more likely to feel settled if you are.
Keep an eye on your cat and watch out for changes in behaviour which may indicate that they are stressed. If you’d like to read more about how to look after your cat during fireworks season, check out the advice on the Cats Protection website: https://www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/home-and-environment/fireworks