Thunderstorms may seem exciting and even nostalgic for many of us, but for our pets, it’s a whole different story. Pets can be very sensitive to crashing thunder, bright lightning, howling winds, and changes in barometric pressure. They’ll want to seek out safety, like a dark, den-like space to hide in until the storm passes. Before the next storm comes to pass, follow these tips to create a safe space of refuge for your pet.
- Choose a safe space for your pet: The ideal storm shelter for your pet is a dark room with no windows, such as a closet, bathroom, or small basement area. Space must be accessible for your pet at all times, so she can retreat to her shelter if you’re not home. Artificial lighting in her haven can help mask lightning flashes, so consider leaving on the light.
- Provide fun distractions for your pet in her storm shelter: Outfit your pet’s safe space with treat-filled toys, food puzzles, or long-lasting chews. Keep frozen canned food or tuna in a Kong ready for your dog or cat to enjoy as a storm approaches. Add your pet’s favorite bed, blanket, and toys to help her feel relaxed and comfortable, using food puzzles to keep her distracted.
- Calm your pet with pheromones and acoustic therapy in her safe space: Diffuse pheromones to help your cat or dog feel calm and relaxed, or spritz a pheromone spray on your pet’s bedding. To help drown out the thunder and wind, set up a white noise machine or anxiety-relieving playlist.
If stormy weather stresses out your furry companion, contact us about other anxiety relief options.