Hooray! It’s Bonfire Night this week – a welcome celebration to lighten up the dark nights.

But your pet probably doesn’t feel the same. Loud bangs are not conducive to a peaceful life, as your doggie will tell you. What can you do to minimise the experience for your pet?

  • Find out what is going on in your area. You might not be planning anything yourself, but your neighbours might be working out their ideas for the world’s biggest party…
  • Draw the curtains and play loud music or the TV – this will help minimise the sounds outside.
  • If you have an outdoor cat, it’s best to keep them inside. If you’re planning a party yourself, make sure the cat is shut somewhere people coming in and out of the house know about, and that they don’t inadvertently let pussy out.
  • Even if the party is at a neighbour’s house, it’s best to keep your cat inside to be on the safe side. Cats, after all, have no understanding of garden boundaries!
  • For dogs, even the best-behaved, most placid dog won’t really enjoy a Bonfire Night party so leave her behind, preferably with someone, as all that unfamiliar noise will be disturbing.
  • The Kennel Club recommends you play a CD that features firework noises in the lead-up to the event so your dog can get used to the sounds. You might be able to find some fireworks films on YouTube, too.
  • Try to walk your dog early in the evening, so the two of you don’t accidentally stumble on any events. It’s a good idea to feed him early too, as he might be too scared to eat once the noise starts.
  • It sounds counterintuitive, but try not to make too much of a fuss of your pet. Acting differently might make your pet think something is wrong, and he’ll behave that way.

Bonfire Night is a wonderful celebration, but we pet owners all heave a huge sigh of relief when it’s over…



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