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Information on cat safety and fireworks during Greek Orthodox Easter

Fireworks can be fun for humans, but not for cats                    Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

While the festivities are entertaining for us, they can be distressing for pets. Apart from the obvious physical damage that can occur as a result of accidental contact with fireworks, cats can also be badly affected by the resultant noise and lights. In some cases, behavioural problems could arise as a result of fear and stress, including soiling of the home or excessive grooming, while there is also the danger of them running away.

The following recommendations should ensure that you can enjoy the celebrations with the peace of mind that your cat will be
safe and sound:

Keep your cat in after dark and provide him with a litter tray if he is used to having garden access

Try to reduce outside noise by keeping windows shut and curtains drawn. Playing soothing music or having the TV on may also help

In order to feel secure, cats need to be settled in cosy, familiar territory such as a comfy bed or favourite chair. Also consider providing your cat with a safe place to hide, such as an igloo bed

Ask your vets about synthetic pheromone plug-in diffusers as these can create a reassuring environment for the cat

Make sure all doors and windows are securely fastened – sensitive cats may be startled by the noise and try to run away. If you are having your own firework celebration, then consider:

Buying hand-held cascading fireworks rather than the noise-making varieties

Holding a ‘silent’ fireworks display – many companies now offer quiet or almost silent fireworks – giving you the same spectacle without the loud bangs

Keeping fireworks and bonfire displays as far away from homes as possible, to minimise any adverse effects on animals indoors, though bear in mind the effect these displays will have on wild animals

Check bonfires before lighting them to ensure that no small animals are sleeping inside

Source Cats Protection

Last Updated 26 April 2016

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