The RSPCA has stated that around 45% of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks, so it’s likely some of you will have trouble over the next week. Although it’s no fun seeing your pet suffer, make sure you roll with it, to a degree. Making sure they have somewhere they feel safe where they can hide away, be that a cardboard box, a cupboard, or under the bed – it will go a long way to helping them feel secure. It should go without saying, but never punish your pets for being scared. They don’t understand. If possible, try and time your dog walk during daylight hours so when night comes and fireworks are lit, you and your four-legged friend can be indoors away from the loud noises and bright lights. Shut the windows, draw the curtains, close the blinds (out of sight, out of mind!), and putting the television or radio on will help to deaden some of the bangs. Dogs will often look to there owners for their reactions to help judge the magnitude and severity of a situation, so try to ignore the fireworks yourself and pay little attention to them.
Much of the information about dogs is applicable to cats. However, it is important to add that it is perfectly natural for cats to pace when they feel stressed. This is normal behaviour and probably shouldn’t be discouraged. If they are feeling distressed, allow them to hide away with their favourite blanket and provide some of their favourite treats. If you own a cover for your catflap, it is probably a good idea to keep your cat indoors. Cats can get shocked, disorientated, and lost. Although they are tiny lions – they have a nervous disposition. And finally, if you’re one of the lucky cat owners whose cat enjoys cuddles, a few of those wouldn’t go amiss either!
If you have a rabbit hutch, a ferret run, or an aviary – providing lots of extra bedding for your pets to shnuggle up in will go a long way to making them feel safe. If it is possible to bring your pet indoors, this would be ideal. However, simply moving the cage into an outbuilding, such as a shed or a garage will also help. Failing this, covering the hutch with a thick blanket will muffle the noise somewhat – just make sure there’s enough space so your pet still has an air supply and can get out.