RSPCA - Fireworks Frighten Animals

Fireworks can be a source of fear for many animals. 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.

Advice for Pet Owners During the Firework Season

  • Give your dog or cat somewhere to hide that they have access to al all times. E.g. under furniture, or in a cupboard;

  • Walk dogs during daylight hours. Keep dogs and cats indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off;

  • At nightfall, close windows and curtains. Put on music to mask the sound of fireworks;

  • It’s fine to comfort your pet if it helps them relax, or leave them alone unless you think they will harm themselves;

  • Never punish your pets when they’re scared as this will only make things worse in the long run;

  • If you have small pets that live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one are is well sound-proofed. Make sure that your pet is still able to look out. Provide lots of extra bedding so your pet has something to burrow in.

Planning Ahead - Just for Dogs:

  • Close any windows and black-out a ‘doggy play area’ so that 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.

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