Ooh and aah and boo to fire­works

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

BUILD a rocket boys! It’s that time of year. Just as the clocks are about to go back it ar­rives, with a bang, it’s fire­work sea­son. With Diwali just a few days away, closely fol­lowed by Hal­loween and Bon­fire night the sky is about to be filled with flashes and bangs.

No sooner have they died down than they are back for New Years Eve and Chi­nese New Year.

Per­son­ally, I love a fire­work but I’m not small and fluffy and I un­der­stand what is go­ing on.

For an­i­mals – do­mes­tic pets, strays and even farm an­i­mals – fire­works can be ter­ri­fy­ing. Please don’t ig­nore the prob­lem – fol­low our top tips and make fire­works cel­e­bra­tions less fright­en­ing for your pets.

Keep­ing cats and dogs se­cure Give your dog or cat some­where in­side your home to hide that they can have ac­cess to at all times (e.g. 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.

Ig­nore your pets signs of fear. Leave them alone un­less they are likely to harm them­selves.

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. Just for dogs – be­fore the fire­works

sea­son starts Plan­ning can help your dog cope with the fire­works sea­son.

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.

Just for cats Make sure your cat has 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 pets If your pets live out­side, par­tially cover cages, pens and aviaries with blan­kets so that one area is well sound-proofed. 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 see: www. rspca.org.uk/fire­works

If you think you could of­fer a for­ever home to any of the cats and kit­tens we cur­rently have in our care then please call (020) 8966 9688 or email info@rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk

You can see pic­tures of many of the other an­i­mals (bud­gies, rats, rab­bits, cats & kit­tens) in our care on our Facebook page https://www. facebook.com/RSPCAMNW Don’t for­get you can fol­low us on twit­ter too @RSP­CAMID­DLE­SEX

Greet the sea­son Our shops are now sell­ing Christ­mas cards and cal­en­dars along with a range of sparkly Christ­mas pin badges which make bril­liant stock­ing fillers and are a must for the of­fice party!

Our shops are in Ken­ton, Pin­ner, East­cote, Ruis­lip, Ruis­lip Manor, Rick­mansworth and Wat­ford.

BIG BANG: Cats, dogs and small an­i­mals can find fire­works fright­en­ing so work to re­as­sure your pet

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