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Cats are not thought to show sound sensitivities as dogs do, however they will be frightened by the loud bangs and flashes. We want to help you support your cat through the Firework season. Here are some of our top tips for keeping your cat calm:
Keep your feline friend inside, making sure your windows and doors are closed can help to muffle the noise of the fireworks. In addition you could draw your curtains and play music or have the TV on. If possible try not to leave your cat alone.
Keeping your cat inside may upset their usual routine and they can often play up as a result. Providing extra litter trays or scratching posts can help prevent unwanted behaviour. It may be beneficial to try to distract them with a new toy or treat.
You should always keep your cat’s microchip details up to date. If you have moved recently be sure to update their microchip details, so, heaven forbid, should your cat go missing they are more likely to be returned safely to you. Find out more about microchipping.
A safe place
Your cat is likely to find themselves a safe place to hide, do not try to coax them out as this is where they feel most secure. This can often be up high on your cupboards or inside a box.
Install a Feliway diffuser
This can help reduce the intensity of fear felt during firework exposure. Find out more about Feliway Diffusers here.
You must remain relaxed yourself and act as you usually would.
DO NOT push your cat to confront its fear or punish them whilst they are in a frightened state.
Read more about managing stress in cats here.