Many pets are scared of thunderstorms, but some more so than others. Some make loud noises, while others try to hide from the noise or run away from it, which can end up getting them hurt. I’ve heard horror stories of dogs launching themselves at windows and cats hiding behind freezers and then getting burned from the coils just so they can get away from the storm. You might find that they get into the habit of destroying furniture and refusing to go outside afterwards. This can also leave a pet traumatised for a while, and leave them scared of loud noises (and even quiet noises in some cases). Let’s talk about how to soothe your pet during a thunderstorm:
How to Calm Your Pet
First of all, I recommend you find a soothing place for your pet to go. Is there somewhere they often find soothing in the home? Many pets like the bathtub, others like to relax in a very comfy pet bed. They might even relax in a crate or on a blanket in your bedroom. You can then take them some of their favourite toys, and remind them that they are there to comfort them and soothe them. Encourage them to play with their toys. If they start to play with their toys with you, then they may eventually associate storms with playtime!
However, you need to give off the right signals in order to calm your pet down properly. You shouldn’t mollycoddle or talk to your pet too much, as this may give them the impression that something is really wrong. Some experts say you should avoid looking them in the eyes too, as they can take this as an indication that something is wrong. You don’t want to freak them out by being overly soothing!
Gentle music can help to calm your pet, but you should only use it when you need to, at times when you think they really need it. This is because they can become accustomed to it. Make sure loud music and TV shows are turned off and avoided. Your pet has enough noise to deal with!
Melatonin is another thing that can soothe pets. Sort of like a safe sedative. You can find similar products to this on 365 Vet. Make sure you follow the instructions to the letter in order to get the best results. Your pet should seem totally calm yet alert.
Something that some pet owners swear by is the ‘thundershirt’. This is a series of velcro wraps that you wrap around your pet, and this applies some light pressure designed to soothe your pet. You can use it anytime your pet gets anxious! If you want to save some money, you can even create your own by wrapping your pet in bandages, like a mummy.
If your pet just doesn’t seem to be able to calm down, then I recommend you contact an emergency vets for advice. You may need to sedate them with something suitable to stop them from hurting themselves out of fear. Thanks for reading!