Keeping Cats Safe Around Fireworks

Every year, hundreds of animals will suffer as a result of fireworks being let off. Animals have very acute hearing, particularly cats. Loud bangs and whistles will startle cats and can cause them stress. It may also cause pain in their ears if they are exposed.

By following these simple guidelines your pet need not suffer:

Always keep cats inside when fireworks are being let off.

If your cat is not already micro-chipped, think about getting one fitting, so that if they do run away they have a better chance of being quickly reunited with you.

Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop cats escaping and running away and to keep noise to a minimum. Draw the curtains, and if your cat is used to the sounds of TV or music, switch them on.  It can be a good idea to turn the volume up slightly to help mask the sound of the fireworks.

Prepare a ‘den’ for your cat where it can feel safe and comfortable (ideally in the quietest part of your home) – perhaps under a bed with their favourite blanket or even a cardboard box with a comfortable blanket or cushion (their inquisitive nature makes the box a tempting place to be).

Make sure your cat has access to a litter tray and water. Don’t be alarmed if they go off their food.

Cats like to hide when the fireworks start.

Let your cat pace around, meow and hide in a corner if it wants to. Do not try to coax it out – it’s just trying to find safety, and should not be disturbed. Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.

Try not to cuddle and comfort distressed cats as they will think you are worried too, and this may make the problem worse. Instead stay relaxed, act normally and praise calm behavior.

Avoid leaving your cat alone during such potentially upsetting events. If you do have to leave the house, don’t get angry with your cat if you find it has been destructive after being left on its own. Shouting at a frightened pet will only make it more stressed.