Bonfire Night is an event many people look forward to every year! Your cat, however, might not share the same enthusiasm for fireworks and bonfires. This is because their hearing is so much more sensitive than ours. They also won’t understand why there’s so much noise, and could perceive it as something dangerous. Find out here what steps you can take to keep your cat safe on Bonfire Night and make the experience as stress-free as possible!

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Keep them indoors

Cats can go missing around events such as Bonfire Night. Their feeling of panic and confusion from loud noises can cause them to run out into the road or become lost. To prevent this, make sure you bring your kitten inside before it gets dark, closing the cat flap, doors and windows. If they’re not used to being stuck inside, gradually acclimatise them to indoor life during the week leading up to the event!

Give them space

Around fireworks, your cat might feel safest hiding themselves away. Prepare a space for them in advance. This might involve making their bed cosy with extra sheets or an item of your unwashed clothing to provide a familiar scent. Think about where your cat prefers to be; would they like their den to be up high or low? Which room might be best? Do all you can to make them comfortable!  

How to keep your cat safe on bonfire night - cat hide on staircase

Keep calm and provide distraction

Felines are often experts at picking up on their owners’ feelings. This means that if you’re stressed or worried, it could make them feel equally on edge. Do your best to remain calm, even if you’re concerned about your furry friend. Try to distract them (and yourself) with games and treats. Although if your cat isn’t in the mood for these, avoid telling them off or pestering them.

Turn up the volume

It might seem counterintuitive, but turning up the volume of things like the TV or radio might help to drown out the sounds coming from outside! If these are sounds your cat’s used to they could feel more at ease. You can also try getting your pet accustomed to the sound of fireworks in advance. Gradually introducing them to firework noises in the run up to Bonfire Night could make them feel better when it comes to the day itself!  

How to keep your cat safe on bonfire night - fearful cat looks round door

Get advice!

Book an appointment with your local vet if you’re concerned about the wellbeing of your cat during Bonfire Night. They could be able to prescribe something to help calm them down. Your vet might also be able to advise you on getting a plug-in pheromone product, as these can also help your feline to stay calm and relieve symptoms of stress.  

Take precautions

Sometimes accidents happen. If your cat does somehow manage to escape the house, you want to know that people will be able to identify them should they become lost. Make sure they’re wearing a collar with up-to-date contact information. Ensuring your cat is microchipped could also be invaluable in getting them back if needed.

Bonfire Night can be a difficult time for your furry friend, but by following these tips you should be able to make your cat feel more safe and secure! If you have your own magnificent moggie, you might also want to consider taking out cat insurance to help protect them. At The Insurance Emporium, we offer four different types of Cat Insurance, with cover for Vet’s Fees up to £8,000* and up to 30% discount^ available. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more today!

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