Protecting your cats during fireworks

Protecting your cats during fireworks

As the Halloween period comes to an end, people will be taking down their spooky decorations and beginning to think about erecting their Christmas Trees and all the most jolly of decorations to celebrate one of the happier times of year. With so many big events coming up, people like to celebrate in all kinds… Read more »

As the Halloween period comes to an end, people will be taking down their spooky decorations and beginning to think about erecting their Christmas Trees and all the most jolly of decorations to celebrate one of the happier times of year.

With so many big events coming up, people like to celebrate in all kinds of special ways and sometimes this can result in big displays of fireworks in their back garden.

Although Fireworks are wonderful to watch, they can be incredibly frightening to the animals closest to us.

It is not uncommon for cats and dogs to run away when fireworks are being let off and as they are in a state of high anxiety, they will not be thinking clearly about where they are going, making it more difficult for them to be found.

Although we are unable to stop all celebrations with fireworks as pet owners, there are certain precautions we can take to keep our special animals as safe as possible at this time of year.

  • Microchipping – if you haven’t got your cat microchipped, now is the time to do it! If your animal manages to escape and you can’t find them, someone else may well do and if they take them along to a vet, they will be able to get their microchip scanned and locate you. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure all the details are up to date too!
  • Keep your cats inside – If you have an outdoor cat, make sure you are able to keep them inside, just for the evenings you know there will be a lot of fireworks going off. Also to further prevent any un-wanted break outs, keep all your windows and doors securely shut, and lock any cat flaps in the house too.
  • Although you will be keeping your cats inside, make sure they are not confined to one space. Give them free roaming of the whole home, so they can hide or take themselves away to somewhere they feel most safe if they need to.
  • Act normal! As we all know cats are sensitive creatures and are highly susceptible to changes around them, so if you begin to act anxious and stressed because you are worried about the loud fireworks going on, this will certainly not help the situation. Equally being overly affectionate to try and help your cat’s stress won’t be much help either! The best thing you can do is let your furry best friend do what it needs to do and let them come to you when they are feeling more comfortable again.

We hope these tips are of some use to you but if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to call us and we will be happy to give you some help!

Stay warm and safe!