Why are cats and dogs scared of fireworks?

Why are cats and dogs scared of fireworks?

Everyone loves fireworks, right? While it’s true that most people get quite excited in the run up to firework night, our pets are often given quite a fright when fireworks start. After all, we know they’re coming, but our cats and dogs won’t. 

So, why do cats and dogs get so scared of fireworks?

According to the RSPCA, around 45% of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. When fireworks are set off, the only thing your cat or dog will register is that something they can’t identify is making a very loud noise.

What makes this situation even more traumatic and stressful is that both cats and dogs hear at much higher frequencies than humans do. This makes them far more sensitive to noise, meaning the bangs from fireworks and other loud sounds are much harsher on their ears, and potentially even painful for them to hear.

What can I do to help my pet on firework night?

There are several ways you can help your pet, and the key is to prepare early. Gently exposing your pet to a recording of fireworks can help, but it’s highly likely they will still be startled when fireworks start going off. On the night, make sure you close your windows, doors and curtains. You can also turn the television volume up a little higher than usual or put on some music to drown out the noise. Check out our step-by-step guide for tips on how to get your pet firework ready.

Using a Beaphar calming product can help effectively calm pets during stressful situations such as fireworks.

For cats choose Beaphar CatComfort®

The Beaphar CatComfort® Range uses a synthetic replica of the feline facial pheromone. Pheromones are clinically proven to promote feelings of reassurance and reduce problem behaviour in cats. They are also instantly recognisable to cats, meaning a pheromone product is ideal for helping your cat feel more at ease during fireworks.

The Beaphar CatComfort® Calming Diffuser is an easy-to-use plug-in that releases pheromones into your home for up to 30 days. It may take up to one week before you notice a change in your cat, so be sure to plug your diffuser in at least a week before you expect a firework display. For optimum results, the diffuser should be used continuously, so be sure to stock up on the Beaphar CatComfort® 30 Day Refill as well. This means you can provide your cat with long-term reassurance throughout firework season and the rest of the year.  

For dogs choose the Beaphar Calming Range

The Beaphar Calming Range uses well-known active ingredients often used in human healthcare, including Valerian and Lavender.  

Beaphar Calming Spot On for dogs is easy to apply and ideal for use during the firework season. The micro-encapsulated formulation means a single application can calm your dog for up to one week – ideal if there are multiple firework displays happening near your home.

While Beaphar Calming Spot On will begin to work within one hour, applying it to your dog in the morning or even the day before a firework display can be preferable. By applying it early you can relax, knowing that your dog is already feeling the calming effects of the spot on before the fireworks even start.

Have a dog that isn’t keen on having a spot on applied? Try the Beaphar Calming Collar for dogs.  Once fitted, Valerian will be released immediately and the collar will be begin to calm your dog within one hour. Each collar effectively calms your dog for up to six weeks, making it an ideal choice for the firework season, as well as the Christmas and New Year period when fireworks and other festivities may occur regularly.


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