We are anxiously waiting for the 2018 year meeting. Fireworks. OH, wait!... FIREWORKS!!!
What about your pet? Cats or dogs can be very sensitive under these conditions. Dogs may be more sensitive than cats. Dogs are sensitive to loud noises. The sound triggers their nervous system and they can become anxious and afraid. This instinct makes them run away and hide.
There is a quick guide to help you to prevent your furry baby from anxiety naturally.
Go for a long walk before the fireworks to drain your dog’s excess energy first and put your dog in the calm state.
Be calm yourself
Dogs communicate with energy. If you are going to be with your dog during fireworks send a calm message that is nothing to worry about. Do not show an excitement about fireworks. Your puppy will learn to be less concerned as well. Do not think that the dog missing a great thing. This is just human’s guilt, dogs will not understand.
If your dog is excessively sensitive, be ready to help your dog. Usually easy going dogs do not mind the firework sound.
Give your dog a nice chew toy or Kong toy with a surprise inside. Stuff with dry snacks and “glue” the hole with peanut butter. This way your dog will be interested what is inside and keep entertained.
The Background noise
Turn on the TV or radio to add the background noise that he considers normal. Do not forget to shut the curtains. Some dogs are sensitive to bright light.
Less space for your dog
Close the doors of the room. The less space will help him to settle down
Other dog company
If your friend’s dog does not afraid of fireworks, that would be a good companion to keep your pet calm. Dogs are calmer with other dogs friendship.
If you are leaving your dog with your friend, leave your sweatshirt or other clothing that you have worn as bedding to bring a sense of your presence.
The long-term cure
Next year, before the Bonfire night or New Year Fireworks, teach your pet to gradually learn about the loud sounds. Download a free copy of fireworks sounds here. However, it has to be made many months in advance.
What about the cats?
Depends on cat personality, but they are better do without your attention
Do not let go your cat out
Keep your cat inside the house. As with the dogs, they can run away from homes scared, disorientated and can be hit by cars.
Use catnip or cookies and toys with the catnip to relax your kitty.
Let your cat do what she wants
If the cat hides under the furniture, leave it alone as it feels most secure there.
Cats more independent than dogs
Most cats can deal with their own fears, so you can leave them in the room not to worry about it.
Hope this will help to calm your pet and have a wonderful Happy New Year for you, your pet/s and family!