From the perspective of our pets, storms can be downright scary. The booming thunder, flashing lightning, pounding rain, howling winds, and even the changes in barometric pressure can be stressful. Help ease your pet’s fears by creating a shelter for her to ride out the storm.
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 a small basement area. The 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 your pet is still struggling with stress and anxiety during storms, we’re here to help. Contact us to discuss anti-anxiety options for your furry friend.