How to build a den for your pet

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Fireworks season is just around the corner which can often mean one thing for our fury-friends; Fear.

Bright lights, loud noises and large groups of people can all be triggers of anxiety and stress for our pets.

We touched upon how you can plan, prepare and protect in our ‘How to keep your cat and dog calm during fireworks blog’ which you can read here, but as we move closer to peak fireworks season, we wanted to give you some top tips on creating your pet their very own den, a safe haven where they can feel comforted and secure.

Follow our top tips on how you can build a den for your pet home to help support and reduce stress and anxiety.

How to build a den

  • Position the den away from the main room where you spend most of your time in the evening, somewhere quiet where your pet can rest easily with few interruptions.
  • Ensure there is plenty of space for your pet so they can move around, stand up and enter and leave the den freely so they do not feel confined or trapped.
  • Consider using an indoor dog crate or a table and chairs covered in blankets to help muffle any loud sounds. Make it snug by filling with their favourite blankets, beds and toys to make it as cosy as possible.
  • Ensure your pet has access to clean drinking water so they do not need to leave their safe space if they feel thirsty.
  • Play some music or turn the TV on to help mask the sound of fireworks outside.

Diffusers such as Adaptil and Feliway are great for constant support in the home and a welcome addition to the room where your den is positioned. They release pheromones which give dogs and cats a sense of security in stressful situations.

It’s recommended that the diffusers are plugged- in two weeks prior to the event, once in, they can last up to 4 weeks.

Remember, never force your pet into their new den, and ease them in gently so they know this is a space for comfort and positivity.

Dens aren’t just for dogs either!

Cats can also feel anxious when it comes to fireworks season.

Just like dogs, they’ll appreciate somewhere where they can hide away and feel safe.

You can create a safe space for them somewhere up high. Alternatively, an ‘igloo’ type bed can be a great addition to the home if your cat is feeling stressed. Your cat will feel safe and hidden away from harm.

Add some of their favourite cat-nip filled toys and spray with the Feliway calming spray to help support them.

If you are concerned and your pet has been previously very scared or shown panic towards fireworks, consider mixing the pheromone based room diffusers along with a calming supplement too. Products like Zylkene can be easily sprinkled onto food.

If you’re very concerned, talk to your vet for further advice.