Generally, most cats and dogs will struggle with fireworks. Animals have acute senses: for them every flash and bang can be unexpected and alarming. Think about how your pet reacts to fireworks; or if you haven’t had them when there’s been fireworks, how they react to loud noises. Do they show any of the following behaviours?

Cats and Dogs

  • Cowering or hiding behind the sofa.
  • Trying to run away or escape.
  • Soiling the house.

 Dogs only

  • Barking incessantly.
  • Digging up the carpet.
  • Restlessness, e.g. pacing and panting.

 Cats only

  • Restlessness, e.g. hiding under a bed / in a box.
  • Over grooming.

If they show any of these signs, your cat or dog might need help coping.

Tips for keeping your pet calm during the fireworks season:

    1. Try and plan ahead: it is easier to keep a calm animal happy than to try and calm a frightened one.
    2. Talk to an expert. It’s a good idea to discuss with your vet practice or behaviourist any changes you can make in the short term to help your cat or dog.
    3. In the run up to bonfire night:
      • Build a den/hiding place for your pet.
      • Update their identification with fully up to date info.
      • Start them on Zylkene at least 3 days before fireworks start. and continue throughout the fireworks season. Keep in mind this time can last for a few months; in some areas well into the New Year.
    4. On the day:
      • If you have a cat, lock the cat flap and shut the windows before it goes dark to stop them running off.
      • If you have a dog, walk them in daylight hours as fireworks are less likely to be set off.
    5. During the fireworks display:
      • Ignore unusual behaviour, only reassure them if they come to you first.
      • Don’t react to the fireworks yourself.
      • Close windows, curtains and doors and turn on the TV or radio to dull the noise.
      • Do not punish, discipline or get angry with your pets as this will only make the situation worse.

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Once this high risk time has passed it’s a good time to consider how you can best manage your pet’s situation long term to make it less frightening next time. If left unmanaged these behaviours can get worse over time, resulting in increasingly uncontrolled behaviour. It can also have the effect of worsening their response to other unexpected loud noises such as door slamming or thunder.


Zylkene is a complementary feed for cats and dogs.

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