Not everyone enjoys the noise of Fourth of July celebrations. If you have a pet that has a noise phobia, it is best to provide him with a place where he will feel safe when the fireworks start to explode.
Have you ever noticed your pet’s reaction to thunderstorms? If your dog or cat has a noise phobia, you know it by the way they act every time the thunder booms.
Your pet can show signs of a noise phobia in various ways, including:
- Soiling in the house
- Barking excessively
- Running away
While you cannot always prepare for a storm, you can prepare your pets for a calmer Fourth of July. Here are so dos and don’ts:
- Don’t scold your pup or kitty because she is afraid. While her fear may seem irrational to you, it is very real to her.
- Do provide a safe haven where your pet can retreat.
- The best place to locate a frightened pet is in an inner room of your house, if possible. A room with no windows is good for a couple of reasons: 1) the outside noise is simply lessened; and 2) there is no chance of your scaredy cat or dog trying to jump through the window to escape.
- Set up a ‘den’ for your pet. A crate, box or even a table covered with a cloth can give Fluffy or Fido a hiding place where he can feel secure.
- Start confining your pet to this room a day or two before the noise begins.
- Remove any breakables that could be damaged if your pet starts to panic.
- Do keep a fan on to cool your pet as her fears start to surface.
- Do play calming music, such as a relaxation CD or a classical music radio station.
- Do keep a light on in the room.
- Don’t let your pet outside immediately after the noise stops. If you must take your dog out, be sure to keep him on a leash. If you have a cat that goes outside, confine her to the house overnight.
- Don’t fuss over your pet. He’ll pick up on your anxiety, which will only increase his.
- Do provide your pet with plenty of water.
By taking some extra precautionary steps, you can protect your noise-phobic pet from unnecessary stress and anxiety. Now go enjoy the fireworks! Just make sure your fretful furry friend is safe and comfortable.