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Wondering how to cope with your cat this fireworks season? Keep them calm with our guide.

5 ways to help your cat stay calm during fireworks season

  1. Keep your cat indoors at night time. Keeping your cat indoors will mean they are less likely to come across fireworks displays and become spooked. When keeping cats indoors, provide litter trays for them as well as enrichment toys to keep boredom at bay
  2. Create a safe space for your cat. A cardboard box lined with blankets is perfect. Cats feel safer higher up so place the box on a top shelf, making sure it is somewhere safe
  3. Play music. Keeping a radio or television on can help limit the impact of sudden sounds that occurs during fireworks season.
  4. Use a pheromone plug-in diffuser in your house. This can reduce anxiety and create a calming effect. Begin using it a couple of weeks before fireworks season and place it in the room where your cat spends most of its time
  5. Remember; try not to reinforce fearful behaviour by overly comforting a cat that looks anxious. Keep calm yourself and your cat is more likely to feel more settled.

Keeping your cat inside

While firework displays and parties are fun for us all, our pets can often become distressed at the loud noises and lights that Bonfire Night brings. Take a look at our top tips to ensure your cat stays safe and happy.

During fireworks season, you'll need to ensure your cat is safe and sound. Keep them in after dark, and provide them with a litter tray, food and water bowls and a place to hide. You'll need to make sure all cat flaps, doors and windows are closed to ensure your cat doesn't escape.

Other ways to keep your cat calm

You might find that playing soothing music helps your cat, as does keeping the curtains drawn. This will reduce awareness of any flashes that might spook your cat. Alternatively, try using a pheromone plug-in diffuser - it can be used to reduce anxiety and create a calming effect. Start using it a couple of weeks before fireworks season starts and site it in the room where your cat spends most of their time.

The important thing to remember is not to reinforce fearful behaviour by overly comforting a cat that looks anxious. Keep calm yourself and ensure your cat has a safe space.

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