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Calming cats on New Year's Eve - tips for a relaxed New Year's celebration
发布时间:2020-12-21 17:44:08 | 浏览量:1


While the turn of the year is a reason for people to celebrate, New Year's Eve regularly means stress for our cats. The loud and unfamiliar noises and flashes of light from fireworks can cause a lot of stress and even panic in cats. Many cat owners ask themselves how they can make the time around the turn of the year as stress-free as possible. Can cats stay home alone on New Year's Eve? We tell you how you can calm your cat down so that you can start the new year as relaxed as possible. 



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There are also representatives of our velvet paws who react more sensitively to the excitement of New Year's Eve than others. On the one hand, this is because they hear noises about three times louder than we humans do. On the other hand, cats are generally not big friends of change. Decorations and preparations for the party can make your cat uneasy days before the actual celebration. If you add threatening noises like bangs and flashes of light, many cats think the world is coming to an end. 


The worst thing for them is the noise on New Year's Eve. Cats have very sensitive hearing and perceive explosions well, even from a distance. These quickly panic them because they do not know how to classify them. With bad experiences in the past, New Year's Eve can become a real challenge in the course of a cat's life. 


Can I leave my cat alone on New Year's Eve?

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If you have the opportunity, you should not leave your cat alone at home on New Year's Eve. Your presence will make it easier for your pet to cope with the unfamiliar noises and situation. Ideally, someone from your household should stay at home on New Year's Eve and look after your cat. 

If you are going out for a lively New Year's Eve party, it is certainly possible to ask friends or acquaintances if they would like to cuddle with your velvet paw on New Year's Eve. But even if everyone is going out to celebrate, you can give your pet a safe place to retreat to. Arrange a room in the house so that your cat has a cosy hiding place. Make sure she always has enough water and food. It is best if you or someone else can check on the cat from time to time.

Tips on how to prepare your cat for New Year's Eve

To make the turn of the year as relaxed as possible for your cat, it's best to start making preparations a few days beforehand. Cats have a hard time coping with changes in their environment, so you should get your velvet paw used to them slowly. Otherwise, the stress of New Year's Eve will be compounded by the uncertainty of a changed environment. 


Free roamers should stay indoors on New Year's Eve

On the days around the turn of the year, we often hear about cats that have disappeared or run away. They often stay away for days and the owners worry about their cats. Mostly they look for a hiding place and stay there out of fear until things calm down again. But it can also happen that something happens to your cat, e.g. if it gets scared and runs in front of a car out of panic. 

If your cat is an outdoor cat, severe trauma can also occur. Your cat could be frightened or hit by a firecracker. This can lead to a lifelong panic fear of fireworks and thunderstorms. Many people set off firecrackers days before and after the New Year. It is therefore best to keep your cat indoors on the days when there are fireworks in your area. This way you can prevent your pet from getting into danger or suffering trauma. 


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Place your cat in a darkened room where it is quiet and where it can hide well. Close the windows and lower the blinds if possible. These can further block outside noises. Place your cat's favourite sleeping place in the room and provide enough dark hiding places so that your cat can retreat. For example, our cat house made of FSC cardboard is perfect for this. Don't forget to always provide food and fresh water, even if your cat refuses it in its fear.


To reduce the loud noises from outside, you can also turn on relaxing music. On YouTube, for example, there are playlists that have a calming effect on dogs or cats. You can also work with scented oils and aroma diffusers, which additionally provide a pleasant atmosphere through positive odours.

It is best to get your four-legged friend used to this room a few days beforehand. Then your kitty can get used to the new situation without the stress of New Year's Eve. Make the new environment appealing to your cat by giving her some good treats or playing her favourite game together. This way she will quickly associate the new environment with something positive and feel safe and secure on New Year's Eve.

If your cat shows signs of stress and anxiety on New Year's Eve, it can help to provide distraction. Familiar situations offer security and reassurance. Try to distract her from all the fuss outside with little tricks and special treats. If your cat can focus on something positive, she won't have to worry so much about what's happening outside. Use your cat's curiosity. 

However, this only works with cats that are not too anxious. If your little tiger is really panicked, he may not engage in a game or treats. If your cat refuses to leave the safe hiding place, just leave her alone. Check on her regularly and keep offering her water, a pat or a little play. It's best to act as calmly and normally as possible, because your concern and compassion can be transferred to the cat. Your pet should notice that you are relaxed and that there is no reason for him to be afraid. 

If you are spending New Year's Eve with your furry friend, you will probably feel a lot of pain if he or she is scared. But don't let your compassion and care get the better of you; instead, radiate calm and composure. A little comforting is fine, but you should not be too caring. Otherwise your cat may become even more upset and think that you are also worried about the fireworks. This, in turn, may increase your pet's fears. 

If your cat suffers from New Year's Eve trauma and panic, it may help to use tranquillisers. However, these are only advisable in extreme cases and you should pay close attention to the effect of the respective preparation when choosing it. There are some products that only reduce the outward signs of anxiety. However, the cats still suffer a lot, they just can't express it as well. This feeling of powerlessness may even increase the panic. 

There are herbal remedies on the market that have a calming effect, such as Bach flowers or rescue drops. Find out in good time how to use these preparations, because many of them should be given a few weeks before New Year's Eve. The calming effect needs time to unfold properly. Besides, every organism is different. Some cats react very quickly to the herbal mixtures, while for others they do not help at all. So they are rarely suitable for short-term solutions. 

It's best to talk to your vet if you think your cat needs help. Bach flowers, herbal preparations or diffusers with calming scents can help. Normally, however, it is enough to give your cat a rest and check on her from time to time. 

Unfortunately, due to the stressful Christmas season, many cat owners only think about the turn of the year much too late. Use the Christmas season to train your cat to make noises. This can be especially useful with young cats, as they usually get used to it easily. In this way you can create a good basis for the cat's whole life. 

Tip:

Start noise training as early as October or November. This will teach your cat that thunderstorms and fireworks are not dangerous noises. 

Start the preparations in good time and start the noise training with your cat a few weeks or even months before New Year's Eve. This will give your cat the opportunity to get used to the sounds of New Year's Eve in a controlled environment. Specialist shops sell special CDs with sounds that occur during fireworks or thunderstorms. You can also search for sound effects online and put together a playlist.

Create a relaxed environment for your cat, e.g. with calming scents, and practice with the sounds in short sessions. It is best to start four to six weeks before New Year's Eve. Let the CD play quietly and occupy yourself with your cat during this time. Try out which technique works best. There are several possibilities:

Cuddle with your cat when he is already relaxed and active and let the CD play in the background.

Play your cat's favourite game while the CD is playing.

After the sound, reward your cat directly with a clicker and/or a particularly tasty treat.


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Only gradually increase the volume when you notice that your little tiger is no longer irritated by the noises. Ideally, he should be able to ignore them completely before you turn the volume up a bit. Limit the training to a few minutes per session and practice several times a day. Then your cat will have time to process what he has learned.

Then you can slowly condition your pet that the threatening noises are no reason to panic. Through structured noise training, he can also be much more relaxed on New Year's Eve. Nevertheless, you should of course follow the above tips as a precautionary measure.

We wish you and your velvet paw a relaxing holiday and a happy new year!

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