Fireworks used to be a one-night-a-year noise fest but now they are often included in other celebrations as well. Not all adults like the bangs, but they can cause our poor dogs and cats utter misery. Watch social media sites so you know when fireworks are planned around you.
The RSPCA is quick to advise how to look after your pets on these occasions.
Try setting up an area in a quiet space away from windows — such as a basement or a larger closet — so that they can’t hear or see fireworks. Use a crate if that’s where your pet feels safe, and make sure to put familiar toys and treats nearby.
You can of course also cover the outside of cages and pens with blankets as a soundproofing measure or turn up the radio so music drowns out the noise of the fireworks. What works for dogs might not for cats. They don’t usually like having their freedom curtailed, but preventing them using the catflap while the bangs are in progress could help.