Ok, so we’ve made it to the half way point of the holiday season – Christmas done, NYE to come. For many of us who live in large cities New Year’s Eve goes hand in hand with fireworks. While lots of Pet Parents like to ooh and ahh over fireworks, many of your furry friends can have very different opinions. The loud volume of the fireworks, and that to them they start without warning, scares many pets and more often than not their response is to run. As a consequence many Pet Parents wake up on New Year’s Day with a hangover but without a pet. The RSPCA estimates the number of lost pets is 4 times higher in the immediate aftermath of New Year than at any other time of the year. So what can you do to keep your cat safe this NYE? Here are our tips….
How to keep your cat safe on NYE:
- The first set of fireworks starts at 9pm, so make sure all your four legged friends are shut inside before then and stay inside until after the midnight ones are done and dusted
- Especially for cats make sure they have somewhere safe to hide, and don’t restrain them if they want to make a run for it. Under the bed (Pussa’s personal favourite), in the laundry (Soph’s preference) or behind the couch (probably where Mr Pet Parent would go but can’t fit)
- Make sure your pet is microchipped so if they do run away the likelihood of you and them being reunited is increased. Of course, for all responsible Pet Parents microchipped pets are a given
- Don’t chastise your pet for getting scared because it will make the situation worse next time and avoid dragging them out from their hiding spot after the fireworks are finished. Just let them come out when they feel ready to do so and if you’re still awake (or home) by this time give them a scratch on the head to let them know everything’s good
- If you already know you’ve got a scaredy-cat cat when it comes to fireworks try keeping the TV or radio on during the fireworks and draw the curtains if the light is a problem too. Other options include using a feline pheromone diffuser or thunder shirt. We haven’t tried either of the latter two so can’t vouch for the effectiveness or otherwise of these.
Pussa and Soph aren’t huge fans of NYE – an attitude which they probably get from their Pet Parents. The evening will probably go along the lines of nagging desperately for food about 6pm, some post-dinner running around like cats possessed followed by a couple of solid sleeping hours. As soon as the first firework goes bang Pussa will sit bolt upright and on the second bang will make a beeline for her version of the bomb shelter. Soph will take her time and make a slow move towards the laundry but will come back once she can’t remember why she went there. Chances are Pussa’s reappearance will coincide with the midnight fireworks….and back to the bomb shelter she’ll go.
And that’s how another year will kick off at Cat Habitat HQ. Happy 2017 to all the Favourite Felines and their Pet Parents from Pussa, Soph and those that actually do the work at Cat Habitat.