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  • How to prepare your cat ahead of fireworks

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We understand that noisy celebrations such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas and New Year can cause nervousness in pets. However, by taking the appropriate steps to plan ahead of these scheduled events, you can minimise unnecessary stress and anxiety for your pet.

Signs of anxiety to look out for in cats

  • Hiding
  • Scratching furniture
  • Urine spraying
  • Overgrooming (can lead to hair loss)
  • Pacing
  • Vocalisation

Top tips for cats

Make sure your cat is microchipped to increase the chance that you will be reunited if they do get scared and decide to run away

Ensure your cat is safely indoors well before dusk and that all windows, doors and cat flaps are securely closed

Close curtains to reduce the impact of flashes

Provide a litter tray in a quiet area of the house. Do this well before the day’s fireworks are expected, so they become familiar with it

Turn on the TV or radio to drown out the noise of fireworks

Don’t disturb your cat if they find somewhere to hide when the fireworks are going off. Cats find a good hiding space, comforting

Try to ignore any reactions your cat makes to the fireworks – they may see this as a sign that you are worried about the noise yourself

What products are available to support my pet

There is a range of products available to purchase in practice to help alleviate stress for your cat, from pheromone diffusers to calming food supplements.
If your cat starts to show significant signs of anxiety, please contact us to discuss all the options available to you to ensure they remain as calm as possible.

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