Love it or hate it, Bonfire Night is coming. Whether you’re a firework fanatic or you’d rather skip the show to stay home in your finest pyjamas – the soundtrack to Bonfire night is inevitable.
Although Guy Fawkes Night may be a great tradition here in the UK, the whooshes, squeals and booms from the fireworks can be really frightening for our pets. That’s why we've rounded up a few tips on how to keep your pets calm for Bonfire Night, so you can enjoy (or endure) the fireworks without worrying about your furry friend.
Our pets are pretty in tune with their environment. Any change in smell or sound acts as a major signal to them that something is up which can make for some tense pets.
So, if you’re worried about your anxious dog, help channel your pup’s nervous energy into their favourite activity – walking! Make sure they’re fully worn out before expecting them to settle down for the evening. Remember, even if your dog’s recall is second-to-none, we’d recommend keeping them on the lead in the run-up to Bonfire Night just in case they get spooked by an unfamiliar scent or sound.
If your dog is used to going for an evening stroll, try adjusting their routine in the weeks leading up to Bonfire Night so it doesn’t clash with the noise of the displays in your area.
Or maybe you’re the proud owner of an independent outdoor cat. If so, it’s best to keep them inside once it gets dark and let them seek out their own safe space in your home. They’ll thank you later – maybe. Make sure not to move their litterbox to avoid them being caught short during the commotion. If you need a hand teaching your kitty to use the litterbox, check out this blog post.
Prepare your home
It's a good idea to close windows, curtains and doors to reduce any disturbing flashes. You may also want to consider playing music or putting the TV on to muffle fireworks with familiar sounds. Cats and dogs have extremely sensitive ears compared to us mere mortals so remember if it’s loud for us, it’s unbearable for them.
If your pet feels more comfortable under your bed or behind the sofa – leave them to it. Tempting as it may be, don’t try and encourage them out with treats or cuddles, they’re dealing with it in their own way. You can offer them water nearby but rest assured they’ll come out when they’re good and ready.
Don’t forget about the small critters!
If you’re the keeper of some small outdoor furries, make sure you bring them inside. Rabbits and guinea pigs have been known to literally die of fright so it’s essential that you give them a safe, indoor space away from any other pets. It may be a good idea to soundproof their cages by popping some blankets over them – just make sure you’re not suffocating the little critters and throw some extra bedding in there as a treat so they can burrow the night away.
A final word on Bonfire Night
Never – and we mean never – take your dog to a fireworks display. Even if they’re not barking or whining at the noise, it doesn’t mean they’re happy.
So, if you’re off out to enjoy the fireworks this autumn, leave your pets at home and why not book a Tailster pet carer? We have over 26,000 vetted carers across the UK just a click away.