Happy Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night, everyone! Tonight will be a night full of fireworks and some may even be found standing near a fire, sipping on alcohol or even hot beverages, but lets not forget about the little fur babies back home.
I don’t know if this happens to anyone else but in my area, people literally set off fireworks from Halloween on wards, sometimes even after November 5th. I mostly enjoy November 5th and just tend to ignore the fact all the other days of non-stop fireworks from 3pm annoy the hell out of me. But this year, I’ve got a little pup to think about and it’s his first bonfire night. He’s already started to experience lots of fear and anxiety the past few days due to fireworks so I can’t even imagine that he’s going to be like later today.
So I sat here thinking, ”okay, I’ve done a lot of research and tried different ways of helping him so far so why not make a post about what I find has worked the best and hopefully it helps other fur babies tonight”, and now here I am.
Ways To Help Your Fur Babies Cope With Fireworks
- Build your pet a little duvet/blanket fort or tent. This will help your pet feel comfy and warm, if you build a little tent-like fort that will comfortable cover your pet, it can also cancel out some noise from the fireworks.
- Walk your dog before the fireworks start. Now, I know this is a hard one because they can literally start as early as lunch time some times, so if this is the case in your area, maybe walk your dog once in the early morning and once before lunch time.
- Give your pet a long walk. This kind of adds to the above suggestion. When you take your dog on a long walk, they tend to get tired when they get home. Fingers crossed your dog will fall asleep and sleep through at least some of the fireworks.
- Create places around your home that will make your pet feel safe if he/she decides to hide. I find this actually really helps with cats. Cats love boxes. Having boxes around your home with a blanket on the bottom and a warm blanket on top, with just a little area showing can really help. Your cat will be able to hide there and feel safer. As for dogs, I find that their favourite little place to hide is under the bed on a bunch of warm winter blankets.
- Leave food out for your pet during the day time. If you’re anything like me, you probably put food out for your pet during your own mealtimes. However, once the fireworks start, your pet might be too scared to get up and go eat. To prevent this, try leaving your pet’s food out during the day time as well as night time so that your pet can still get its daily food.
- Your TV or radio is going to be your best friend. Having your TV or radio just a little louder than you normally have it can help cancel out any noise from the fireworks. Pets have a good ear but this seems to be a good distraction from the scary sounds outside.
- Make sure to cover your outdoor pets too. Pets aren’t just the ones that live in our home, the little fur babies we have outside count too. Cover your guinea pig and rabbit cages with blankets on one side, leaving an area uncovered so they can still look out and know they’re safe. The covered area will muffle some of the sound from fireworks as well as keep them warm and feeling comfortable. If you can bring your outdoor fur babies indoors for the night at least, that would be even better.
- Bring your cats in before the fireworks start. Outdoor cats deal with cars and noisy people on the daily but they too can be scared of fireworks. Try bringing them in earlier to avoid all the outdoor noise that can often make feel cats feel scared, confused and sometimes even disorientated.
- Try stay home with your pet. I know firework displays can be tempting and honestly, this one is entirely up to you. But avoiding leaving your pet home alone can really help. You’re their human and they’ll feel safer in your presence.
- Close your blinds and curtains. Firework flashes can be scary for pets too. By closing your blinds and curtains, you are reducing any firework flashes that can potentially scare your pet. This one works for thunder and lightning too.
I hope these tips help your little fur babies cope with tonight’s fireworks. Let me know if you find any of these tips helpful for your pets.
And again, happy bonfire night! Hope you all have a lovely time.