As the season of fireworks approaches, many pet owners begin to worry about the effect on their pets. Many animals including Rabbits, Guinea pigs and Chinchillas have exceptional hearing and can hear a wider range of frequencies than humans as well as pick up sounds from a considerable distance away. Although we cannot stop everyone enjoying the fun and excitement of firework season we can plan ahead and make sure our animals feel as safe as can be.
Yes, you guessed it, we are going to recommend hay! Hay is great for bedding and making a little more available is great to create buffer for the unwanted noise – it will also provide additional warmth during the darker, colder months.
Play low level background noise such as the TV or radio to help sooth your paw pal. Remember their hearing is sensitive so keep any noise low level to ensure they don’t become overwhelmed.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
Bring the enclosure inside overnight, fireworks can start as early as 4.30/5pm during as the nights draw in, so get your pet inside early evening and get them settled. If you cannot bring the enclosure indoors, limit the access to the external runs and place a breathable blanket over the top.
As nights draw in and evenings get darker lots of us find ourselves snuggling down for the evening in front of the TV with a bowl of snacks and a cosy blanket. Your pet might like to do the same, provide them with their favourite toys or possibly a new one, a bowl of their favourite treats and comfy bed and you will find they take comfort from their creature comforts.
As social creatures, a well socialised pet will benefit most by being close to their paw pal or snuggling with their hu-mum or dad. Keeping your pet close will help keep them calm and serve as a distraction.
CALM BREEDS CALM
It can often be difficult not to feel anxious around this time of year when you have small pets you are worrying about. However, our pets are in tune with our emotions and often sense when we are unsettled, so our top tip for a calm pet, is a calm owner – particularly if you are having cuddles.
For more advice on how to keep your rabbits, Guinea pigs and furry friends safe, check out the RSPCA website How To Keep Your Pets Safe During Fireworks | RSPCA