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.
For more information visit: www.rspca.org.uk/fireworks