Fireworks can be scary for many pets, including cats. Here are some ways to calm them down during fireworks.
Start by creating a safe place for your cat to hide and snuggle in, ideally somewhere they feel comfortable. This could be a favourite cat bed or another cosy room in your house.
Play with your cat
Fireworks are one of the most stressful events for cats. They can run away from home, get hurt, or just be miserable on the night of fireworks.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to help your cat cope with fireworks. First of all, make sure your cat is well-fed and has plenty of water to drink.
Next, play with your cat to keep them happy and distracted. This could be a game with them, or a simple walk around the house or garden.
You can also try playing a video of fireworks at low volume, which will gradually introduce your cat to the sounds of real fireworks. This is known as desensitisation, which will essentially teach your cat that they can handle the noise.
Give them a safe place to hide
If your cat is frightened of fireworks, it’s important to give them a safe place to hide during the night. This could be in one of their favorite rooms with a few blankets and toys around them, or if they are indoor cats in a closet (or under the bed).
Make it as cosy as possible. You can also try leaving a few kibbles of their favorite Science Diet(r) cat food in the safe space so they are encouraged to visit.
During fireworks, it is best to keep your windows closed and block any exits from the house. This is especially important if your cat is frightened of the loud bangs that come from firework displays.
Put on calming music
If you have an Amazon Echo or other device with Alexa, you can use it to put on a special piece of music designed to help your cat relax. The bespoke track was produced following scientific research which shows that cats respond positively to music with more specific tones and frequencies.
The music can be accessed by saying “Alexa, help my cat relax”. Once it’s on, it will play automatically whenever you say this command.
Another way to calm your cat during fireworks is to give them calming treats or supplements. These can be purchased over the counter at your local pet store or online.
You should also make sure your house is safe and secure for your cat. This means removing any hazards like screens that could be slammed up or a door that they can run through.
Give them treats
Fireworks are terrifying for many animals, including cats. They come with no warning and happen sporadically, so they panic and run away.
They also become lost, and if they are injured or hit by a car, they may be unable to find their way home. This has led to a spike in the number of pets lost or turned into shelters around New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July.
But if you are prepared ahead of time, you can help your pet cope with fireworks. There are trainers who specialize in helping pets with loud noises, and some use counterconditioning techniques to train them to accept fireworks without becoming anxious.
One of the best ways to calm your cat is by giving them treats. Try a treat that your cat enjoys, but has been infused with natural ingredients such as catnip or vanilla extract.