When stormy weather breaks out, loud cracks of thunder and bright flashes of lightning not only tend to scare children but also pets.
If you have an animal that is sensitive to mother nature’s more dramatic moments, it is best to take preventative measures to spare your furry friend from unnecessary stress.
Trying to minimise the disturbance caused by the weather should be your first step. This can be done by closing windows and drawing the curtains so that less noise and light gets into the home.
It is best to avoid any exposure to frightening weather, so this also means not going out for a walk if a storm is likely to break. Doing so puts you at risk of losing your pet who may run away in fear.
At home, distraction can be a good option, such as giving your pet a ball to play with, but don’t overdo it.
You might be inclined comfort your pet to compensate for the scary stimulus. But animals are perceptive to this change in behaviour, and it can serve as a sign that something is wrong, which will in turn also frighten them.
So, as the saying goes, keep calm and carry on, and do your best to ignore the storm. If an animal hides away or crawls under the bed in fear, as long as it in a safe spot, just let it be. Your pet will re-appear in its own time. – dpa