A ginger kitten snuggles up in bed

​Cats and fireworks

Loud and sudden noises can make cats anxious and stressed, so fireworks season can be a tough time for our feline friends. Our advice should help you and your pet right through from Bonfire Night to New Year’s Eve.

Top tips on caring for your cat or kitten during firework season

Get them microchipped

Before fireworks season begins, get your pet microchipped and, if they already are, check your contact details are up to date. This is really important as it gives you the best chance of being reunited with your cat if they become spooked and get lost amid the bangs and crashes.

Keep them inside

Make sure your cat stays inside at night during firework season. Check the dates and times of local displays so you know when to keep your cat in. If your cat is used to going outside, provide a litter tray. 

Block off cat flaps to stop them from getting outside and to help muffle the sound of bangs and zips.

Background noise and light

You can help to block out the noise of fireworks by switching on the TV or radio, if your cat is already used to the sound, but make sure it’s not too loud.

Closing the curtains or blacking out windows will help to block out the sight of bright flashes.

Let them do their thing

Let your cat pace around inside your home and miaow if they want to. If your cat finds a den to hide in, for example under the bed, don’t try to coax them out – your cat is trying to find safety and shouldn’t be disturbed.

Don't leave them alone

Avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events, especially during the week around Bonfire Night.

If you do have to leave the house, don’t get angry with your cat if they have toileted after being left on their own. Shouting at a frightened cat will only make it more stressed.


A change in your cat's urination pattern can be a sign of stress. If your cat is urinating more frequently than usual, straining to urinate, has blood in their urine, or is trying to urinate but not passing any urine, then you should contact your vet as this may be something more serious such as cystitis.

Stay calm

Although it’s difficult when it’s obvious your cat is stressed, try not to let them know you are worried as it may make the problem worse. Stay calm and act normally. This might be hard to do if you are worried about your pet, but it will help your pet if they see that you are not concerned. It’s OK to cuddle and stroke your cat if it helps them relax, but if they prefer to hide under your bed, then let them do this instead.

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• 25 November 2022

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Claire Stallard

Animal Behaviourist ABTC-CAB

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Veterinary Surgeon MRCVS