It’s that time again. Silly Season with lots of festivities and of course the FIREWORKS…So what do we do with our animals? Some animals are totally fine during fireworks while others will freak out like the planet has just been split into two. Seriously, I’ve seen it happen and it’s not very pleasant for the owner or pet.
We are already moving at a fast pace which only increases during the Summer (or if you’re not in Australia Winter) and Christmas period. Our animals will tend to match our frenetic energy. This means that we connect with them less as we’re too busy trying to fit everything in. This will make our pets hypersensitive and can bring out negative behaviour. In this state, fireworks will only heighten their state.
It’s important to make time daily (can be as little as 5min) to connect with our animals and make ourselves be present. After all, this is what animals are here to teach us – to be more present throughout our day. What I mean by connecting with our pets daily is to slow yourself down, perhaps even go to their eye level and have some down time with them. Tell them how your day was, and ask them what they’ve been up while you’ve been out. You’ll be surprise at the interaction you can have with them at this level.
Making them aware of New Year’s Eve a few days before it happens can be done simply by talking to them about it. And what I mean by talking, is expressing yourself OUT LOUD. Tell them that there is going to be a lot of noise in a few days. It will be at night and the sky will light up. Let them know that they are safe and to go to their favourite spot and relax. Some animals like to hide so it’s important that you have their hiding spots ready for them. Make sure all your pets are micro-chipped and collared with contact details – this can save you a lot of time and distress.
I also encourage people to play music in the house, whether it’s classical, radio, tv or even a meditation. We want some type of noise to distract them from what’s going on outside. If you have a dog or cat, prepare your home with pheromone diffusers (there are cat and dog ones). These disperse calming chemicals into the room so your pet can R E L A X easier.< Everyone is aware of how frantic Christmas time is, add fireworks on top and our favourite little peeps will not be having a good time. Here are some tips
- Bach Flower Essences – EMERGENCY
- Place 4- 7 drops into their fur and gently stroke
- I would be inclined to do this 7 days before NYE’s twice a day and for 3 days afterwards
- It’s not a bad idea for the owner either as it’s a busy time for us all
- Connecting with your pet daily a week before the fireworks happen as they will feel more grounded and connected to you (even if you’re not home for the fireworks)
- Take them for a long walk during the day, make sure they’re tired from this
- More tired the less reactive they are
- Keep them indoors if you can or garaged, this way they’ll feel a lot safer
- Make sure that if outside that they have somewhere to hide
- All fencing is secure with no escape routes
- I do not encourage chaining at this time as they may accidently choke themselves while panicking
- Leave the TV or radio on for them
- Have some pheromone diffusers in your place already set up
- If you’re home and your dog gets scared, don’t cuddle or try to soothe them
- Act normal and tell them to come by your side otherwise you are giving them negative re inforcement
- If you really want them to be prepared, you can get them use to firework sounds prior to the big night. Playing SCARY SOUNDS in your home to desensitize them
- Keep them inside
- If you know their favourite hiding or lounging place, keep it free and clean
- Don’t try and bring them out to calm down, this can cause more stress, perhaps even get injured (claw action)
- All windows closed and perhaps TV or music playing to drown out fireworks
- If they are really stressed during this time you can also get Cat pheromone diffusers that will help keep them calm
For other small Animals
- Keep them indoors if you can
- If they’re outdoor pets e.g. birds/guinea pigs/rabbits try garaging them for the evening
- If not, partially cover their enclosure with a blanket to help buffer some of the noise
- Make sure all bedding is clean with extra bedding to snuggle and hide into
Keeping the home as calm as possible will really aide in keeping your special little ones feeling more secure while fireworks are occurring.
Simonne Lee – Animal Communicator