A Feline Friendly Bonfire Night
01 November 2019
Bonfire Night can be a difficult time for cats but by following our advice your pet need not suffer and things can pass smoothly. There is an increase in lost cats at this time of year as some cats become frightened by fireworks and can run away, so it is a good idea to have your cat microchipped if she gets outdoors.
Make sure you keep your cat inside and close all windows, doors and block off cat flaps to keep noise to a minimum. You could also try a plug-in pheromone diffuser starting from a few days before the event- this can help to calm and relax your kitty.
Draw the curtains and if the cat is used to the sound of the TV and radio, switch them on (not too loudly) in order to block out some of the noises of the fireworks.
Prepare a 'den' for your cat where it can feel safe and comfortable- perhaps under a bed with some of your own clothes, where it can hide when the fireworks start. Let your cat pace and miaow and hide if it wants to- don't try to coax it out as it is just trying to feel safe and shouldn't be disturbed.
Try not to comfort and cuddle distressed cats as they may think you are worried too, instead stay relaxed, act normally and praise calm behaviour.
Stick to these tips for a feline-friendly 5th of November.