Firework advice for cat owners in Hampshire
August 14, 2023
Calling all cat owners in Hampshire – firework season will soon be upon us, and early preparation is key to ensure that your cats stay calm. Our Vet, Jamie, has put together the following advice to help keep your felines feeling happy. Have a read of our latest article and don’t hesitate to contact our team to discuss cat calming products.
Our Vet, Jamie, knows that Bonfire night, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are all times of celebration, but pets can suffer from stress due to the loud noises and bright lights of fireworks. For any pets we see in the run-up to firework season, The Hampshire Vet offers the following tips:
1. Create a safe space
Creating a cosy, safe space for your cat in a quiet room will help them to hide when they feel scared. Use their favourite toys, blankets, cushions – anything that they seem attached to and ensure they have close access to a litter box, food, and fresh water.
2. Pheromone diffusers
Use pheromone diffusers in the room where your cat will be staying to create a calm environment. The diffusers contain a synthetic pheromone that is similar to a cat’s facial pheromone – Feliway is the brand we recommend, and it is available in a diffuser or as a spray. Chat to The Hampshire Vet reception team who will be able to advise you more on these.
3. Calming music
White noise or calming music helps to mask the sounds of the fireworks. Why not try classical music as this can be especially calming for cats!
4. Distract them with toys and treats
Provide your cat with interactive toys, puzzle feeders, and treats to keep them distracted and engaged. This will help them focus on something else rather than the loud noises outside.
5. Keep them indoors
Keeping your cat indoors more over firework season will prevent them from running away and getting lost. On an evening when fireworks are likely, make sure you check that all doors and windows are secure to prevent them escaping. It’s important to remember that keeping your cat indoors against their will for too long can have a negative effect on their wellbeing and health so you should let them out the following day. You can try encouraging them indoors earlier on a evening by making their feeding times earlier.
6. Chat to our team
If your cat is particularly anxious or stressed during firework season, talk to our vets at The Hampshire Vet about medications or other options to help keep them relaxed. Always remember that what works for one cat, may not work for another. Each animal is unique, and their care should be tailored to them.