To reduce the level of fear and anxiety in your you can take a number of preventive measures:
First and foremost, the most important thing to remember is that you, as the owner, remain calm. If possible, try to distract your cat with a toy or other object.
Avoid Direct Contact with Fireworks
Make sure that your cat has as little interaction as possible with fireworks and ensuring they cannot go outside, for example, by shutting the doors and cat flaps. It is advisable to start keeping your cat indoors a couple of days before the event as sudden bangs, for instance, those created by people testing their fireworks, can scare your cat and cause him to run away.
Safe Zone at Home
Create a safe area inside your home that your cat can retreat to and hide; many cats will choose to hide under the bed or sofa. It is important to leave your cat in his “safe zone” for as long as they wish. Additionally, you should close curtains or blinds so that your cat does not notice flashes of light, but, leave the light on so any light flashes that are still visible become less noticeable.
Vetsend offer an extensive range of soothing and calming products in the event of stress and anxiety in cats, without disorientating them. For optimal efficiency you should start treatment well in advance of the event. The ThunderShirt for Cats is a new but effective product against stress and anxiety. It provides gentle pressure to calm anxious pets. You can combine the use of the Thundershirt with the Feliway, a synthetic copy of the facial pheromones, which reassures and comforts cats.
Another option includes the Behavioural Therapy CD, which includes very realistic recordings of thunder and fireworks. Start using this CD well in advance of the event to train your cat and allow them to get used to the sounds. This could greatly decrease their level of anxiety on New Year’s Eve and Bonfire Night.