Tips & Advice: Keeping your cat safe during NYE fireworks

Hi everyone,

Since it’s almost time for what hails the biggest amount of fireworks in many countries we thought it would be good to once again point out our series of fireworks tips and advice!

General tips can be found here.
Infographic on comforting your pet during fireworks and other loud noises here.
Our fifth of November post here, of course these tips still apply today as well! 😉
There are also further useful tips on the same topic on the iCatCare website!

And just in case here a summary of the most important general tips below:


General Tips

  • Fireworks can be a source of fear to many animals. It’s important to understand their needs and cater to them as much as you’re able to.
  • The Blue Cross charity advises that pet owners should seek veterinary advice up to 12 weeks prior to notable dates of celebration involving fireworks.
  • They also suggest that behavioural advice to help your pet deal with fireworks should be sought out up to 6 months prior to the event in question.
  •  Your vet can also discuss treatment methods such as pheromone diffusers with you. These emit calming chemicals and can be combined with behavioural therapy.
  • New Year’s Eve and 5th November are of course the key dates for fireworks in the UK, so plan around these accordingly with regards to the welfare of your pets.
  • If you’ve released any fireworks in your garden, make sure to do a sweep of it afterwards to make sure it’s safe for your pets.


Cats and Dogs

  • It’s essential to keep your pets in a secure environment, so that they can’t escape if they’re startled by a sudden noise.
  • According to the RSPCA, if your pet is scared you shouldn’t punish or fuss over it. Either could worsen the problem.
  • Although it may seem like the best thing to do, don’t cuddle or comfort distressed cats and dogs, as this may compound any worries that they are feeling.
  • Don’t stop your dog or cat whining or meowing respectively if they start.
  • It’s important to give your cat or dog somewhere to hide. If that place is under some furniture for example, make sure that they are able to get to the space at all times.
  • It’s always worth having your pet microchipped in case they escape during occasions involving fireworks.
  • Putting the TV or some music on can be a great way to mask the noise of fireworks. You should also close any curtains and windows.
  • Don’t display anger towards your dog or cat if you’ve chosen to leave the house and they’ve made a mess – they will have been frightened and getting cross with them can make things worse.


Just Cats

  • Don’t try and coax your cat out of any safe space as this is likely to make them more distressed.
  • Close cat-flaps so that they cannot exit the house if they become distressed.

Colorful fireworks

We hope you are all looking forward to tomorrow and let us know how your cats are getting on with the fireworks!

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14 thoughts on “Tips & Advice: Keeping your cat safe during NYE fireworks

  1. mvaden1948 says:

    Last NYE (our first together) Diavolo insisted on going out. I don’t know if he had a party with his friends or what. But then by July 4 (our biggest fireworks time) he hid under the bed until about 2 am! We’ll see what happens this year.
    May you have peace and love in the coming year!

  2. portapatetcormagis says:

    Some great advice here!
    We knew our old fur baby could not hear anymore when she just kept sleeping during fireworks. All the years before she hid away.

  3. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour en cette fin d’année

    Je suis le vent

    Pour balayer tes soucis

    Je suis la pluie

    Pour te rafraîchir les idées

    Je suis dans les nuages

    Pour ne pas oublier tes images

    Tu es dans mes pensées

    Pour ne pas perdre ton amitié

    Je t’envoie mon sourire

    Pour que tu sois réconforté

    Je t’envoie ma douceur

    Pour qu’elle reflète sur toi

    Je te souhaite une superbe journée

    Une bonne Année 2016


    Que 2016 soit ton année
    Que le bonheur soit ton allié

    Que le sourire soit ton invité
    Et que la joie embellisse tes journées
    Une bise pour toi


    Bonne Année à Toute Ta Famille

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