Petrified pets frightened of loud bangs and flashes of light this Bonfire Night will be provided with a sensory safe haven at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Centre staff will create a calming spa-like environment with covered windows, calming lights and relaxing music in the kennels and cattery.
The cats will have their cosy pens with warm beds and curtains to hide away so they can feel safe and will also have special scents sprayed in their areas to help them feel comfortable and relaxed.
Battersea Head of Dog Rehoming, Rob Young, said: “This is time the of year where we see a lot of dogs that have run away from home, because they’re startled or traumatised by the loud noises and flashes of the fireworks.
“That’s why it’s so important to get your pet microchipped.
“Not only does it help you get reunited with your dog quickly should they run off, it’ll be compulsory from April 2016.”
Battersea’s top tips to ensure your pet has a relaxing Bonfire Night
Create a safe haven for your pet to hide in
For dogs a cupboard under the stairs or a table draped with a blanket is a great place for them to retreat to.
It’s important to remember it’s not just the noise of the fireworks that’s unsettling for pets, it’s also the light.
Reduce the chance of flashes by keeping your lights on and pulling your curtains shut.
Keeping the TV or radio on at a volume your pet will be comfortable with will also help mask some of the sudden bangs.
Wherever your pet decides to settle for the night, a long lasting chew or toy can be a great distraction from the noise going on outside.
Also, try and keep your pet indoors when fireworks are going off in your neighbourhood.
- Escape-proof your home! Cats (and even some dogs) can squeeze into surprisingly tight spots, so have a look around your house and block off any dangerous or unsuitable areas your pets may get into.
- Act normally. Animals are very perceptive and if they notice you’re behaving unusually (like following them around or being overly affectionate) they’ll sense something is up.If they see that the fireworks have no effect on you, this may help decrease their anxiety.
If worst comes to worst and your pet does happen to run away, make sure they can be identified (with ID tags and microchipping) so they can be reunited with you if found.
Battersea’s Lost Dogs & Cats Line can be reached on 0207 627 9245.
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