Coping with Fear of Fireworks - Cats

It’s important to keep pets indoors on Bonfire Night. However, if this is a change to your cat’s routine it can lead to increased feelings of stress. Coupled with the fear of the noise of the fireworks, this can be a very anxious time for our cats. 

Watch the video for advice on how to make it less stressful for your cat



Spot the Signs of Stress

If your cat has any of these reactions to loud noises they may need help to cope with their fear of fireworks

  • Cowering
  • Hiding behind or on top of furniture
  • Vertical scratching
  • Spraying
  • Trying to run away
  • Soiling the house
  • Refusing to eat


Use a Feliway Diffuser
Feliway is a replication of the pheromone that cats leave naturally when they are feeling comfortable in their environment. Plugging in a Feliway diffuser gives your cat a feeling of peace and calm and helps them cope with stressful situations.

This is especially helpful if your cat is not accustomed to being kept inside, or if you have more than one cat, as cats need their own space.

Start using Feliway one or two before Bonfire Night.



Allow your cat to hide
Allow your cat to hide somewhere they feel safe. This may be behind, under or on top of furniture as cats often feel safer high up. Don’t try to coax them out of their hiding place as this will increase their feelings of anxiety.

Easy access to litter trays
Make sure they have access to a litter tray.  This can be easy to overlook if you're not in the habit of keeping your cat indoors. Make sure it is well away from their feeding bowl as this can also lead to feelings of stress in cats.

Secure the cat flap and windows
Frightened pets can run and try to escape. If you haven’t already had your cat microchipped now is a good time to consider it.

Provide distractions
Draw the curtains, put on the TV or play music to help mask the sound of the fireworks. Make sure that your Feliway diffuser is plugged in.

Don’t fuss over them
It’s very tempting to cuddle and fuss over a frightened cat but this will only reinforce their fear. Try to ignore their fearful behaviour and act as if nothing is wrong.  Once the fireworks are passed make a big fuss of them then.

Don’t punish your cat
Remember that this fearful behaviour is beyond your cat’s control and punishing him will make it worse.

If you have any concerns please contact any of our vets or nurses for free advice.

' Vetpro Stress and Anxiety' has been developed by vets to naturally calm anxious pets and aid relaxation in stressful situations. It is easy to administer and is calmining but non sedative. It is fast acting with results often evident within one hour.

Always read the instructions.