With bonfire night and eventually New Years fireworks getting closer, it may cause your pet to be miserable. Unless you live far away from any other houses, it is very likely that your pet will get exposed to the noise, whether it is official event or neighbours firing in the back garden.  There are a few things you can do to reduce your animals anxiety.

First of all, if you can, don’t leave them alone  and don’t let them out in the garden when fireworks are most likely to be set off.  If you have rabbits in an outdoor hutch, it is best to bring them indoors. Shutting curtains and turning TV or radio on can also help minimise the noise.

You will need to stay calm and reassure your pet, but not fuss over them too much as this may reinforce their anxiety.  You can also invest in some pheromone diffusers such as Feliway, which should help your pet relax.  Playing with your pet can also distract them from the noise and maybe even associate the sound with fun.  Another great idea that will work well (especially with cats) is to build them a den, out of cushions, cardboard boxes and clothing so they can hide there and feel safe.

It is best to plan ahead, as fireworks can be legally sold to the public from 15th of October to 10th of November and 26th to 31st December.