IS YOUR PET THUNDERPHOBIC?
Help for dogs and cats who freak out during storms
SIGNS OF PHOBIA Your scaredy cat or dog may pace, pant, tremble, drool, bark/ meow, hide, soil the house or even try to escape from home in a bid to ‘run away’ from the thunderstorm.
HELPFUL HINTS Consult your vet for specific advice, but the following tips may lessen your pet’s anxiety during storms.
• Provide a noise-proof refuge for your dog or cat – under a bed or in the bathroom, a crate or box. Turn on ‘white noise’, like a radio or TV.
• Reassure your furry friend by talking calmly and quietly to them. Gentle stroking may also help.
• Play a game or dole out treats, say a chew bone or food-filled toy.
• Help reduce anxiety – a Feliway Diffuser for cats, or Adaptil dog appeasing pheromone.
• Try a Thundershirt or Anxiety Wrap. These provide gentle pressure around the body, similar to swaddling a baby, and give your pet a sense of security.
• Seek advice from your vet or veterinary behaviourist about anti-anxiety medication (not sedatives) to help your pet cope better with storms.