Pets on New Year’s Eve: Tips for the New Year

New Year’s Eve means pure stress for most pets. Booming firecrackers, colorful flashes of light from exploding rockets, or shrill whistling little bangers: dogs, cats, small animals, and pet birds can easily be frightened by such strong and sometimes sudden levels of noise and light.

In order to make the New Year for your pet as stress-free as possible, you should consider a few points and take precautions early on.

Quiet Retreats in Familiar Surroundings

On New Year’s Eve, your animal – whether it’s a dog, cat, mouse, or parakeet – should be in a quiet place or be able to withdraw there.

The walker should be set before the firecracker’s time if possible so that you don’t have to dodge rockets that hit crosswise or your dog gets a shock with the next bang. But even if your four-legged friend is a little less anxious, you should take him for a walk on December 31st. put on a leash – maybe he’ll get too frightened and disappear into the next undergrowth.

It is also true for cats that they should rather stay at home, even if they are actually outdoors. On the one hand, rockets spraying sparks and people throwing firecrackers are not without danger, on the other hand, the mules could panic and run away.

Otherwise, you should prepare a cozy place for your dog. For example, you can put your favorite blanket and your favorite cuddly toy in the basket and place them in a room that is not directly on the street.

House tigers, on the other hand, often choose their own place. However, you can make their search easier by opening closets or bedroom doors. So your velvet paws can hide between cozy textiles in the closet or under the bed. Items of clothing, blankets, and pillows can also dampen the volume a little.

The same applies to birds and small animals: place them in a quiet room and close the shutters to reduce the noise or the flashes of light. Quiet, gentle music can also calm the animals down and a treat that is served distracts from the excitement.

Be There for Your Pets

The best way to minimize stress and calm animals are still the loved one. So be there for your pet, talk to your dog, cat, mouse, or parakeet in a calm tone and show him/her that there is nothing to be afraid of.

Make sure that you do not become loud or radiate unrest/fear yourself because this could quickly spread to the sensitive animals.

However, if you observe these points, nothing stands in the way of the stress-free turn of the year for four- and two-legged friends.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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