Coping with cats and fireworks

Is your cat scared of fireworks? Read our essential tips on coping with the fireworks season.

Fireworks Night can be an anxious time for pets - many cats and dogs will be easily spooked by the flashing lights, and the crashes and claps of fireworks. However, it needn't be a time for pets to feel fearful. With just a few practical changes at home around the time of fireworks, your cat should feel much more calm and relaxed. Here are 10 top tips to ensure your cat's Fireworks Night doesn't go off with a bang:

  1. If your cat hides on top of cupboards or under furniture, leave him alone and do not try to coax him out. This 'bolthole' is where he will feel most secure. It is important that your pet can access his favourite bolthole at all times.
     
  2. On the evenings you expect fireworks, ensure your cat is safely inside and secure doors, windows and cat flaps.
     
  3. Plugging a feline pheromone diffuser in the room where the cat spends most of his time 48 hours before the festivities will increase his sense of security. Speak to your local pet shop for information of feline pheromones.
     
  4. Make sure your cat is microchipped. If your cat does escape, frightened and confused animals can easily get lost.
     
  5. Ensure your cat is provided with a litter tray both before and during the firework season. Your cat cannot be expected to go outside to toilet.
     
  6. Draw curtains to reduce the noise from outside and play music or have the TV on to help mask the noise of fireworks.
     
  7. Ignore any fearful behaviour and do not try to comfort your cat. More importantly, do not try to pick him up or restrain him. Fearful cats prefer to be left to cope on their own.
     
  8. Try not to go out while the fireworks are going off. Stay calm and act normally.
     
  9. In multi-cat households, shutting cats in overnight may cause disharmony amongst your pets. Again, installing a facial pheromone?may help lower inter-cat tension within the home.
     
  10. If you are worried that your pet is taking a long time to recover from the firework festivities, speak to your vet. Your vet may also wish to refer you to a behavioural therapist.

Make Bonfire Night less stressful for your pet

Two of the most stressful times of the year for pets are the fireworks and festive seasons.

VetIQ Serene-UM naturally helps calm and pacify pets, without the need for tranquillisers, in a totally natural way without causing drowsiness. Serene-UM works by controlling the underlying emotional state to calm the pet, so that behaviour learned from a stressful situation can be corrected through retraining.

Serene-UM treats the source of the problem, not the symptom. Serene-UM is not addictive and can be given from six weeks of age.

Help your cat feel at ease anywhere with Beaphar CatComfort®, a simple and effective solution to reducing problem behaviour in cats. Pheromones are clinically proven to promote feelings of reassurance in cats, and are instantly recognisable to them. Beaphar CatComfort® uses a synthetic replica of these pheromones, making the products ideal for fireworks and the party season.

The Beaphar CatComfort® Calming Diffuser is an easy-to-use plug-in diffuser that helps reduce general anxiety caused by everyday stresses around the home. It is designed to be used constantly, so replacing empty refills with a new Beaphar CatComfort 30 Day Refill is essential. This means you can provide your cat with continuous reassurance throughout planned events, such as fireworks and parties, as well as unexpected situations like thunderstorms.

Also available is the Beaphar CatComfort® Calming Spray, which is perfect for use on targeted areas around the home and in cat carriers to help keep cats calm while travelling to the vet's or catteries.

For more information about VetIQ Serene-UM, visit www.markandchappell.com or call 01582 583888, and to find out more about Beaphar CatComfort® Calming Diffuser, visit www.beaphar.com