Keeping your pet comfortable with loud noises

Just like us, loud bangs from thunder or fireworks can cause stress for your pet.

Here are a couple of tips to help keep them calm.

Check your pet’s name tag & registration

If loud noises stress your pet, or your cat likes to explore the neighbourhood without you, it is a timely reminder to check your pet is wearing their name tag containing your up-to-date contact details. This means you are able to be called should your pet escape and doesn’t end up at home.

TIP: Check your pet’s microchip is functioning well and that your contact details are up to date with your local council or the NZ Companion Animal register.

Change your pet’s routine

Do big bangs put your pet off their food? Change when you feed your pet or take them for a walk if you know that there will be loud noises that evening, like Guy Fawkes.

Keep your pet inside

Flash! Bang! All the things that come with thunderstorms and fireworks. Bring your pet inside well before dusk and draw the curtains so you can you can dull out the new lights and sounds with an environment they are used to.

Have a safe hide-out for your pet

Have an area, crate or box available for your pet, if they don’t have a favourite hiding spot they feel safe in (like that far corner under your bed), that they can choose to use so they feel safe. Keep it in a room which is quiet and stock with a good blanket and if needed, spray pheromone spray to help your pet feel more secure.

TIP: Thunder shirts may help your dog feel comforted through the loud noises.

Keep yourself calm

Your pet will feed off your anxiousness if they are scared. The calmer you are, the more reassured your pet will be. Try watching your favourite movie (Secret lives of pets of course) with your pet next to you – a great distraction for both of you.

Talk to your vet

If your pet is still stressed, or climbing the walls during fireworks or thunderstorms, have a chat to your vet. They will be able to help with stress management for your pet through those loud times.


  •  Check your details are up to date on your pet’s name tag and microchip register.
  •  Make sure your pet has a safe place they can retreat to if they choose.
  •  Act normal with your pet – changing your behaviour while they are anxious, whether ignoring or over cuddling, can cause them more stress rather than comfort.
  •  Make sure all doors, windows and curtains are closed to help muffle the loud noises.