Tips to Help Keep Your Pet Comfortable & Safe During a Thunderstorm
- Provide a safe hiding space
- Secure all exit points (windows, doors, cat flaps etc) - have your pet microchipped so that they can be identified if they escape.
- Decrease visual exposure to the thunderstorm and hail by keeping your pets indoors, away from windows, and shut the curtains
- Muffle the sounds of the storm by keeping your windows and doors closed; and turning up volume on the TV and radio
- Provide distractions - Use special toys, high-reward toys and treats and food puzzles to keep your pet occupied
- Reward calm behaviour with treats and praise
- Consider the use of calming aids that can be purchased over the counter (e.g Adaptil, Feliway, Thundershirts) to help keep your pets calm during a thunderstorm
- Try your best to be at home with your pets when the thunderstom is ongoing and be a role model for your pets. Remember to remain calm and relaxed, as if nothing bad is happening.
- Be sure to give your pet plenty of time and space to recover after the storm has passed.
- Be proactive in managing your pet's anxiety during thunderstoms - consider consulting your veterinarian to discuss starting your pet on some anti-anxiety medications to help manage their anxiety levels during a thunderstorm.
- Do not punish your pet! This will make the anxiety and fear of thunderstorms worse for your pet.
- Do not overdo reassurance – this may inadvertently reinforce the anxious and fearful behaviour.
- Do not force your pet to face its fear of the thunderstorm (e.g. do not insist that your pet watches the storm from the window)
- Do not leave addressing your pet's aversion (or potential aversion) to thunderstorms to the last minute – because the fear will generally get worse over time.
Please do not hesitate to contact the clinic on (06) 3588675 if you have any questions or concerns.
Page created by Cahill Animal Hospital on 13 June 2022