Bonfire Night is a popular tradition, with plenty of fireworks being set off all over the UK during the autumn months. While we may enjoy these colourful celebrations, your usually fierce feline may become nervous and unhappy.
If you’re worried that your cat may get distressed this bonfire season, we’re here to help. Join us as we take a look at some pawsitive things you can do to help calm down your cat on Bonfire Night.
Even the most confident of cats can turn tail when it comes to Bonfire Night. The bright flashes, loud bangs, fizzes, and whooshes of fireworks, paired with the burning smells of bonfires, could create an uncomfortable environment for your feline.
If you think your cat may not cope well with the noises, you could buy a pheromone plug in. These are diffusers that you can plug into sockets in your home and the blend inside imitates a cat’s facial pheromone. Whether a cat calming plug in works depends on each individual cat. Some owners find they create a calming effect on their anxious feline.
It may be worth trying it out before bonfire night to see how it changes your cat’s mood. Try placing it in the room your cat spends the most time to get a better idea of how much it calms down your kitty. Also, think about consulting with your vet first to check that it’s safe to use.
Cats are smart animals with acute senses, and they may even be able to recognise our body language and facial expressions. Remember to try and stay as calm as possible on Bonfire Night, as your cat is more likely to feel unsettled and stressed if you are.
This may mean not over-comforting your cat as it could lead to them feeling even more stressed. If your feline is naturally anxious, it may be worthwhile trying some of the steps for dealing with cat anxiety.
Sudden bangs and bright flashes could spook your cat to the point where they attempt to escape from your home. Leaving the house on Bonfire Night while in an anxious state could lead to injury, illness, or your cat becoming lost and disoriented.
If your cat is scared of loud noises, prepare your home in a way that can help ease their fear.
Always focus on the well-being of your cat and look out for them over bonfire season.
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