Fireworks are a part of many people’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and while they are fun for us, they can cause a great deal of stress for our pets. Here are some tips from us to help your furry friends get through the noisy celebrations.
- Execise your furry friend to a calm state during the afternoon on the big day. That way they will be tired at night time and might be a little less scared of all the noise.
- Make lots of snuggle places in the quietest room with food, water and a litter box.
- Keep your furry family members indoors, even if your cat is used to going out. You have their best interests at heart, and keeping them indoors until the fireworks are over will keep them from endangering themselves in a moment of panic.
- Ensure that they are wearing collars with ID tags in case they become lost or run away and make sure you have updated your phone number and address with the vet or relevant service if they are chipped or earmarked.
- If your pet has a history of anxiety it can be helpful to contact your vet in advance to see if medication is suitable during all the noise from fireworks.
We are giving Monty a product called Zylkene which is calming, and does not cause sleepiness. It can be administered with other natural products like rescue remedy and pheromones, as well as with prescription medications.
We are also using Feliway Diffuser. The Feliway diffuser offers constant comfort and calming at home. When a cat feels comfortable in their environment, they rub their cheeks against objects leaving a facial pheromone. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.
We are also using Bach Rescue Remedy whenever we take Monty to the vet since he tends to get carsick, and Rescue Remedy really helps him. It also helps with his anxiety over the New Year holidays, and we are very glad to have it to hand.
If you are having guests over:
Watch the Door! Make sure to watch the door as your guests come in and out of your home so that your furry family members don’t get out.
A Room of Their Own! Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to, complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the party.
Be Mindful of Noise! Chatty guests, fireworks, noisemakers, and popping champagne all make a party great, but the noise can also cause anxiety for your pet. Keep your pet in a room away from the party.
Be Careful With Decorations! Decorations like confetti can be a fun addition to your party, but your pet might think they’re a snack. Keep decorations away from your pets to avoid a potential trip to the veterinary clinic.
Pet-Friendly Foods Only! If you are having a party avoid feeding your pet too many table scraps, and avoid foods that can be poisonous like alcohol, chocolate or xylitol (a sweetener) and many more.
Most importantly show your love and understanding. If your furry friend wants to hide just let her/him hide.
Remember that they don’t understand what’s going on and for them it maybe sounds like the world is coming to an end.
We wish everybody reading this a PAWsome New Year!
Love & Happiness, Monty and his humans