Cats and New Years Eve
You may know that many dogs are afraid of fireworks and loud noises, but did you know that the same is true for cats? Cats don't express their fears in the same way as dogs, which can make it a little harder to understand why a cat is afraid of fireworks.
There are some common signs that indicate whether a cat is scared, examples of which include:
- The cat's ears are flat against its head
- The cat wants to run away
- The eyes are wide open
- The cat may tuck its tail under its body or flick it vigorously from side to side
Around New Year's Eve and other times when you expect fireworks to be set off in your area, make sure to "fireworks proof" your home. If you have an outdoor cat, keep your cat indoors on New Year's Eve to reduce the risk of your cat running away if it becomes frightened. Even if your cat has not shown signs of being afraid of fireworks in the past, it is a good idea to "fireworks proof your home". Do this:
- Make sure all windows and any cat flaps are closed, when cats get scared they tend to run away and hide.
- Reduce outside noise as much as possible by closing curtains and turning on the TV or listening to music.
- Be calm yourself and keep your cat company
If you have a cat that is frightened and stressed over the New Year weekend, it may be a good idea to enlist the help of Feliway. It's a pheromone solution that can reduce stress in cats, it can help your cat feel calm and safe despite the fireworks outside.