Top tips for stress free fireworks
WITH both Diwali and Guy Fawkes Night coming up over the next few weeks now is a good time to think about the things you can do to keep your pets safe and as stress free as possible.
Fireworks can be a source of fear for many animals but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Don’t ignore the problem – follow the RSPCA’s top tips to make fireworks celebrations less frightening for your pets.
Give your dog or cat somewhere inside your home to hide that they can have access to at all times (eg under furniture or in a cupboard)
Walk dogs during daylight hours. Keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
At nightfall close windows and curtains. Put on some music to mask the sound of fireworks.
Never punish or fuss over your pet when they are scared, this will only make things worse over the long run.
Make sure your pet can’t escape if there is a sudden noise. Have them microchipped just in case.
Our advice for dog owners is to close any windows and black out a ‘doggy play area’ so your dog can’t see the flashing lights.
Before fireworks begin move your dog to the doggy play area with all their favourite toys.
Ignore the fireworks yourself. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in, but don’t force them.
If your dog has a doggy friend that isn’t scared of fireworks keep them together, your dog may be comforted by them.
Cat owners should ensure pets have somewhere to hide if they want to (for example this may be under some furniture or in a quiet corner).
Don’t try and tempt your cat out as this will cause them to become more stressed.
Don’t forget your small animals. If your pets live outside, partially cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well soundproofed. Make sure though your pet is still able to look out.
Provide lots of extra bedding so your pet has something to burrow in.
For more information visit www.rspca.org.uk/ fireworks
n SAFE AND WARM: Make sure your cat has somewhere safe to hide on nights when there are fireworks