Cats and kittens have extremely sensitive hearing, they hear sounds louder than humans. They have a very broad range of hearing. Expecting a delivery? Your cat will often hear the approaching post man much faster than you.
Bonfire night is not just a noisy and unwelcome time of the year, its also very unpredictable with fireworks and loud noises throughout next few months. The flashes, bangs and loud noises are frightening especially to cats whom in general are creatures of habit.
Is my cat stressed by fireworks?
Stressed and frightened cats might appear startled by noises, run away or hide in the house. You may become aware that your cat acts in a strange and peculiar way, going to toilet in the house or over grooming themselves. Other signs of cats stressed by fireworks include:
- Pacing, circling or restlessness
2. Hiding or becoming withdrawn
3. Eating or drinking less than usual
4. Fearful body language
Use the following tips to keep your cats and kittens calm over the firework season.
If your cat has access to the outdoors, make sure they’re in before it gets dark and then shut the cat flap and close the windows.
Acclimatise your cat to noise
Keep your cat in after nightfall
Draw the curtains to disguise flashes, and close the windows to make it as quiet as possible. Use noise indoors, such as the radio or TV – whatever you cat might be used to – to muffle external bangs and crashes.
Distract your cat
Use toys and games to distract your cat. Fireworks may be scary, but if their concentration is elsewhere, they’re more likely to be acclimatised to the noise. If these toys don’t seem to be working, break out the catnip, treats and laser pens!
Speak to your vet
If your cat’s behaviour doesn’t change, despite the tips adopted, let your vet know that your cat is fearful of fireworks and loud noises. Synthetic feline pheromones might be a help; your vet can advise you on the best things to try. They might also be able to refer you to a qualified pet behaviourist who would provide an individual approach to treatment.
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