Friday 2 November 2018

Fireworks Night Safety Tips for Pets #caturdayart

Pet Safety and Fireworks
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More crazy human festivities following on from Halloween here in the UK in the form of Fireworks Night (Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes' Night).

So, I guess that means pets must endure and suffer again so that humans can let off loud bangs and watch them light up the sky in the name of entertainment.

Now, I must admit, I am not a cat that finds fireworks that terrifying. I've been known to want to peep through the curtain so as to watch these exploding lights in the sky. The noise is a bit scary though.

But having said that, I'm an indoor cat and Mum rarely leaves me on my own. But as we've moved to a new area, we're not quite sure how the locals will celebrate. There will be a fireworks display on at the local town park, that we do know. But will people be having them in their back gardens too? We hope not as this area is so magically quiet. We just hope it was as quiet as Halloween night because it wasn't really that bad.

Back when we lived in North London, there were idiots letting off fireworks in the streets well into the early hours of the morning. And not just on Firework Night. It was more like Firework season right through to New Year and a little beyond.

Mum says she worries about all animals at this time of the year. Well, Mum, being an animal lover worries about animals all the time, but at this time of year, she wishes they didn't have to experience fireworks. Life is hard enough for a lot of animals.

Pets are luckier than most because we are part of the family (or should be), and our human family will want to look after us (hopefully), but what about the strays and the homeless pets, or wildlife and other animals? It's not fair that they should be made to feel scared, is it?

Please look after your pets, and all animals if you can.

Here are some cat safety tips for Halloween, from Cats Protection. 

To ensure your cat is kept safe and calm, you should:

  • Keep your cat in after dark

  • Provide your cat with a litter tray and securely fasten all windows and doors

  • Reduce noise by keeping curtains drawn

  • Play soothing music

  • Provide a safe, comfy place in familiar territory for your cat to hide (a simple cardboard box or igloo-style cat bed should be enough)

  • Create a reassuring environment with a Feliway classic plug-in diffuser

  • If you’re concerned about your cat’s behaviour, don’t hesitate in contacting your vet.

Here's some more fireworks pet safety info for all pets from the Blue Cross and Wood Green, The Animals Charity 



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pam said...

We don't have fireworks night here, our big fireworks night is july 4th. It's a scary day for kitties and all the kitties always come inside early. Hope it is not too noisy at your new home.

Cathy Keisha said...

Love the art but could do with the fireworks. Heh heh. Our fireworks stop after Labor Day at the end of September. Then we have some on NYE. Hope your new neighbors are quiet and considerate.

Anonymous said...

Great post Athena and Mum. The fireworks really scared me on Halloween night here in Vancouver. It reminded me of being in Tehran and I was really updet.

Summer said...

On fireworks nights, my human keeps the windows shut and the air conditioner or the TV on to help drown out the noise. Although Binga is hard of hearing, and Boodie is pretty much deaf! She is only concerned about me, and only if she is not there with me - if she is home, she plays with me and distracts me.

pilch92 said...

I love your art! I don't like fireworks, I am glad ours are over for now. XO

World of Animals, Inc said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful post, Athena. We love the artwork that you shared with us. We hope everyone with pets makes sure to be prepared for those loud fireworks going off. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.
World of Animals

Peachy, Stippie, Angel Binky and Granny said...

Beautiful artwork, sweet Athena💜 We only have fireworks at the end of the year and Granny puts the television a little louder and closes the curtains, so I sleep either on her lap or on the couch, so deep that I can't hardly hear it anymore :) Pawkisses for a Happy silent Weekend🐾😽💞

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

You look quite perturbed with the fireworks, Athena!