It’s not rocket science to realise fireworks can frighten animals. Re-homing centres see a dramatic increase in the number of lost pets during the firework season. If animals are scared of something their automatic response is either to run away or hide.
There are simple steps we can take to stop fireworks becoming an animal’s worst nightmare. If fireworks are expected, keep cats and dogs in and make sure your house is escape-proof by keeping doors, windows and catflaps shut. If your pet wants to hide, let them, as long as it is somewhere safe. Consider creating a “den” where they feel comfortable such as under a bed with some of your old clothes. Keep a radio on to mask the sound and, if possible, avoid leaving your pet alone. In case, unfortunately, they do escape, it’s important that your pet has already been microchipped.
If you have small pets that are normally kept outside such as rabbits, remember to give them special attention by, for example, bringing them indoors and giving them extra bedding to burrow in.
Cassie knows what a nightmare is like. Left behind, after her owner moved, she was given to the RSPCA when the person decorating the flat where she was living had to fit a new front door. Unlike the old one, the new door did not have a catflap so Cassie who, until then, had been coming and going into the empty flat would have been left shut out – homeless.
Despite her ordeal, she is very friendly and loves a cuddle. If you would like to get cosy with Cassie, call 0300 1230746 or see her at the RSPCA Cat Adoption Centre, Burket Close, Southall UB2 4JS.
The Centre is holding a Bumper Halloween Evening on Friday October 31 (4.30pm-6pm). There will be apple bobbing, a fancy dress competition, and pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin). Entry £2.