Fireworks displays are sure to highlight the many events that summer brings – from the fourth of July to parades to historical events. While these can light the sky and provide an amazing show of color and designs, not everyone appreciates them. Dogs and cats alike can be terrified of fireworks, and can cause stress and anxiety. If you have a large backyard you can also purchase fireworks for your next family event, from companies like Uncle Sam Fireworks and Indiana and Chicago Firework Super Store. There is nothing like a fireworks display to liven up a party!
If you have a feline you want to protect from the noise, here are a few tips that will help keep them calm and relaxed.
- Keep them inside: This seems obvious but is worth mentioning. Secure all doors, windows and cat flaps to make sure kitty doesn’t run away. It’s not that they don’t love you, but their fright factor kicks in and they try to run away from the noise. Because they’re frightened, they may become confused, and can easily get lost. If this does happen, making sure your cat is microchipped will help any vets identify your feline friend and return them to you safely.
- Don’t coax them out: During a fireworks display, your cat may jump on top of cupboards, or under the bed to hide. This makes them feel safer. Don’t try to coax them out; let them stay in their ‘safe’ place. If you know where your cat usually goes when scared, you might want to make sure they have easy access to it.
- Leave your cat alone: You may want to comfort your cat, but try to refrain from picking him up or cuddling him. This may make them even more scared. It’s best to leave them alone to their own devices, as most cats just want to deal with things themselves. If they nuzzle up to you, then certainly give them a bit of extra encouragement – but it’s best for them to decide.
- Draw the curtains: This will diffuse some of the noise, and the sight of the fireworks display. It also helps to have some soothing music or the TV on low to mask the noise. There are CD’s available specifically designed for keeping cats calm and relaxed.
- Make sure litter is accessible: Another obvious point but worth mentioning. Make sure their litter box is inside and easily accessible. Don’t move it on the day of the fireworks, or even a few days before to avoid any confusion.
- Use a diffuser: If you know that your cat is afraid of fireworks, a Feliway diffuser may help keep him calm. Place it where he spends most of his time a few days before the fireworks; this will increase his sense of security in that specific area once the festivities commence.
Establishments that sell fireworks, such as Uncle Sam Fireworks, Indiana Fireworks and the Indiana and Chicago Firework Super Store can offer more tips on how to keep your pets safe and calm during a fireworks display.
US Fireworks offers a wide selection of fireworks regardless of the size of your event. Call or visit today to learn more.