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Coping with Firework Season | Cat Advice | Vets4Pets

How to help your cat cope with firework season

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How do I know if my cat is worried about fireworks?

How do I know if my cat is worried about fireworks? Although loud noises can alarm cats they are not thought to suffer from sound sensitivities as dogs do. The bigger problem for cats is the changes to their environment or routine when they are outside less than normal.

A few simple changes to their environment can really help cats cope during firework season and the winter months in which they spend much more time in the home.

Signs to look out for include:
  • Acting withdrawn 
  • Hiding away 
  • Less interaction with you 
  • Vertical scratch marking 
  • Spraying/peeing on objects in the home 
  • Over or under eating 
  • Excessive grooming 

If you have any questions at all, you can speak to a vet or nurse at your local practice and they will be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Environmental changes

To help your cat feel comfortable ensure they have a safe, warm and easily accessible place to sleep and hide inside. This can be an igloo, cardboard box, even the top of a cupboard whatever your cat feels most comfortable in.

Ensure all doors, windows and cat flaps are locked so that your cat cannot escape should they try to bolt.

Provide them with plenty of litter trays to use especially if your cat is used to toileting outdoors - we even suggest one per cat plus one extra!

Playing relaxing music or watching TV can also help to muffle the loud bangs, and having fun toys to hand, such as treat balls can certainly help provide a distraction from what is going on outside.

If you have more than one cat, ensure you have separate feeding stations and water dishes as well as plenty of elevated hiding places for them to escape to.

Pheromone support

When cats feel happy in their environment they will mark the area by rubbing their face against objects in your home. When they do this they are leaving behind a facial pheromones which tells your cat the area is safe and familiar.

FELIWAY® is a synthetic copy of this pheromone and is scientifically proven to help prevent or reduce stress-related behaviours and help cats adjust to their environment.

On the night 'Top Tips'

  • Ensure all windows and doors are shut. Close the curtains and turn on the TV or play music to muffle the sound of the fireworks 
  • Make sure there is a litter tray, water bowl and have some treats to hand. If you have more than one cat, have a feeding station and litter tray for each cat plus a spare one. has additional information on resource management 
  • Ensure your cat has a safe, warm area to hide away in 
  • Feed your cat early in the evening when it is still light outside and ensure it is micro-chipped See for more information.