How to Keep Pets Safe on Bonfire Night

How to Keep Pets Safe on Bonfire Night

30th October 2018

Bonfire night can be exciting for people, but the loud bangs and bright flashes can be stressful for pets. Whether you're heading out to a firework display or staying at home, it's important to ensure your pets are well looked after and as calm as possible.

If you have a particularly anxious pet, you may feel helpless watching them become unsettled and scared, but there are things you can do to minimise the stress caused to your pet by fireworks.

Why is Bonfire Night frightening for pets?

Your pet doesn't know what Bonfire Night is or why there are loud bangs and colourful flashes in the sky. They may find the noises and the lights overwhelming and distressing.

Moreover, the loud bangs associated with fireworks can actually hurt your pet's ears due to their extremely sensitive hearing.

How to look after dogs on Bonfire Night

On the 5th November your dog may need some extra love and care to feel safe in their home. It is estimated that 45% of dogs show signs of anxiety when they hear fireworks.

Help to keep your dog relaxed by considering the following suggestions:

  • Never take a dog to a fireworks display
  • Consider blackout blinds as they muffle the sound while blocking out the light
  • Close windows and curtains
  • Put the TV on or play some music to distract your pet from the noisy fireworks
  • Walk your dog during the daytime when fireworks are less likely to be set off
  • Create some hiding spaces where your dog can snuggle up with their favourite toys or blankets

How to look after cats on Bonfire Night

A cute cat

Guy Fawkes Night may not be much fun for our feline friends. Loud and sudden noises can make cats feel stressed and anxious. In fact, 22% more cats are reported missing on Bonfire Night than on any other night of the year. To help keep your kitty calm on the night, consider some of the following tips:

  • Secure any cat flaps and make sure your cat is safely indoors
  • Ensure your cat is microchipped so they can be returned home should they get spooked and go missing
  • Create hiding spaces with your cat's favourite toys - a cardboard box can provide the ideal hideaway for your cat
  • Use treats and toys to keep your cat amused and distracted
  • A plug-in pheromone diffuser may help some cats to feel secure
  • Cuddle and stroke your cat if they are willing - but if they want to hide don't disturb them or try to coax them from their hiding space

It can be distressing for you as a pet owner to see your beloved cat or dog upset but try to keep yourself calm and positive. Pets can sense their owner's emotions, so their anxieties can be worsened if they pick up on your worries.

While we can't protect your pet from the stresses of Bonfire Night, we can help to safeguard your furry friend against accidents and illnesses with a good pet insurance policy. Compare pet insurance quotes from Compare Cover quickly and easily for peace of mind all year round.

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