Firework tips from Nora!

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It’s firework season and our owner’s thinking about how she can help my tabby cat brother, Horace, and me.

We don’t like the loud whooshing and banging noises fireworks make! Luckily we don’t live near any public displays, so it’s our neighbours’ garden fireworks that affect us the most.

Many animals are frightened by fireworks, but there are things you and your family can do to make firework season easier for your pets.
  • At home, make sure your pet always has a safe place to go if they want to hide. This could be under some furniture or maybe in a cupboard. Don’t try and tempt them out as this could make them more stressed!

  • During firework season, walk dogs when it’s light and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to go off.

  • Make sure they can’t escape out of the house if there’s a sudden noise. Ask your grown-ups if your pets are microchipped – that way they could be returned to you if they do go missing.

  • When it gets dark, close windows and curtains and put on music to mask the pops and bangs.

  • It’s fine to comfort your pet if it helps them relax, but leave them in peace if they prefer it.

  • If you have a dog, you could make a blacked-out ‘doggy play area’, with toys and other things they enjoy. Before the fireworks begin, go with them to the play area (making sure there are things there for you to do too!). Ignore the firework noises yourself and play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in.

  • Never tell your pets off when they’re scared as this will only make things worse!

  • If you have pets that live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well soundproofed. Make sure your pet is still able to look out and provide lots of extra bedding so they have something to burrow in.

Nora’s top tip:

Talk to your vet about pheromone diffusers – these spread calming chemicals into the room.


One Response to “Firework tips from Nora!”

  1. Charlotte October

    My best friend Nick has a dog who gets really scared of fireworks… I make sure to only have ones that are extremely silent. The loudest one isn’t very loud at all! I think this is really important advice for people. 🙂


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