How can we protect our cats from this storm that's coming?

(39 Posts)

Keep them in like it's Bonfire night?

The last thunder storm we had a cat ran away from home and got run over and I had to deliver it to it's owner who was inconsolable.

cozietoesie Sun 27-Oct-13 09:58:10

I'd keep them in if I was in a part of the country that was going to be hit badly.

cozietoesie Sun 27-Oct-13 09:59:37

Oh - and the Bonfire Bangs have already started in Cozieland. I heard a goodly number of them last night.

Yes- a stressful few weeks coming up for the cat population cozie. Our local bonfire is 9th November. sad

Sparkling Cat will be in a lot.

EnlightenedOwl Sun 27-Oct-13 10:04:14

just keep them in. Mine is not going far from home right now as stressed due to fireworks. He just goes for an amble down the street and back. He will get back to normal soon.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 27-Oct-13 10:58:09

It's rainy, cold and nasty my cats will only venture outside for the bare minimum and will spend around 23hours a day snuggled up on a human bed.

True Lone when it rains Sparkling Cat will refuse to go out the back door, but run to the front door in case it isn't raining out there.

She does like an 8pm ish snoop about and that's what worries me.

cozietoesie Sun 27-Oct-13 11:05:35

Don't give it to her at this time of year - it's not worth it.

southeastastra Sun 27-Oct-13 11:12:30

why are cats so scared of fireworks? my rabbits couldn't give a stuff

cozietoesie Sun 27-Oct-13 11:17:28

Some are and some are not. I've seen some pretty nonchalant sort of cats be seriously concerned about bangs, though, so I'd assume the worst if you don't know your animal well.

SoupDragon Sun 27-Oct-13 11:25:13

My cat isn't bothered by fireworks.

I doubt he'll go out if it's foul outside actually.

I don't actually think Sparkling cat is afraid of them. Our old cat used to try and get under our settee where the gap wasn't enough. sad

One year SC was out and idiot neighbour decided to have a firework bonanza (nowhere near 5/11). One firework went off like a bomb and set car alarms off. I stuck my head out of the door and she was sat on our drive. confused

My neighbours cats all 4 of them are terrified.

issey6cats Sun 27-Oct-13 12:17:59

spare a thought for feral cats who have no choice, no cosy home to shelter in and if you know there are ferals around leave a shed door open to at least give them somwhere with a roof on it to shelter under or put a plastic tub on its side to give them a little shelter

TheNunsOfGavarone Sun 27-Oct-13 14:08:16

Outside shed door is wedged open and I'm leaving the cat flap open too. And I've bought some cat food. Ferals are very welcome to take shelter but I'm hoping in my heart of hearts that a friendly stray might drop into my kitchen and adopt me. I lost both my beloved oldies in the summer and can't really make plans to adopt as I'm unemployed. But if a cat made the decision and took me on that would be different.

The house feels so empty without them. Old girl hated storms but old boy couldn't care less so long as he was warm and I so miss not having him snuggled up next to me.

Floralnomad Sun 27-Oct-13 14:14:09

Nice as it is to leave doors open on sheds for cats to shelter its more likely that you will lose your shed as its when the wind gusts in through doors/ windows that it increases the risk of things taking off ,like the roof .

TheNunsOfGavarone Sun 27-Oct-13 14:23:56

Hmmm, my shed is brick and attached to the house. It's not on the windward side so hopefully it will be safe.....

itsnothingoriginal Sun 27-Oct-13 15:15:04

My kitten is in but she's not happy about it - been attacking the DC all afternoon shock

It's awful here already so I'm not risking it...

I'm keeping mine in this evening, tried to encourage her to go out just now but she looked at me like I was bonkers and is now curled up asleep next to me on the sofa.

I normally leave my garage door open for the hedgehogs that like to hid in there, it's brick but I'm thinking I should shut it all up tonight?

Rollergirl1 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:26:23

I'm a little bit worried. We live in Surrey but are visiting family in Liverpool. Cat in in cattery. Do you think he'll be okay? It's outside.

cozietoesie Sun 27-Oct-13 17:29:57

I'm sure the cattery would have contacted you if there was likely to be any problem - why not phone them to check if you're worried and need reassurance.

cozietoesie Sun 27-Oct-13 17:30:46

Oh - and good luck to everyone in the potential zone. (The wind is getting up a bit here but we're outside the problem area.)

Blu Sun 27-Oct-13 17:32:27

Cozie, depending on where you are last night's fireworks could well have been Diwali.

Wind really getting up here (Worcestershire) Sparkling Cat is in. Rollergirl I would think all is fine at the cattery. Very safe.

youbethemummylion Sun 27-Oct-13 17:54:55

Our cat is an indoor cat she will sit on the window sill and watch fireworks or thunder and lightning no fear of the bangs but dare someone close their car door anywhere near our house she is off like a shot to cower under the bed. Strange things cats.

Corygal Sun 27-Oct-13 18:01:55

Mr Cory is slumbering blithely on the bed as a couple of bangs outside kick off the Clapham fireworks. But he will freak at some stage, and be cosseted with extra Dreamies.

DidoTheDodo Sun 27-Oct-13 18:38:51

My old cat used to love fireworks, to the extent that he used to get quite agitated if he couldn't get past the curtains to see them!

My boss has just texted me to tell me to work from home tomorrow (probably no trains anyway) so i shall be able to keep and eye on Didokitty when the storm comes. Seems to be predicted between 5 and 8am here (Kent).

Hope all are ok.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-Oct-13 18:59:28

Mines been in all day but next doors cats are out hmm

I haven't seen any ferals around here, all of the local cats have a layer of flubber.

One fox has just come for an early tea. smile

issey6cats Sun 27-Oct-13 20:00:56

nuns of gaverone have you considered fostering cats for a rescue would give you your cats in the house fix and the rescue pays all costs especially as you are at home all day, i foster kittens for the rescue i work at and love having babies in the house for a short time and knowing that when they leave me they are going to be dog proof, cat proof, grandchildren (think kelsey love hug till you get friendly hugs) used to household sounds its something very worth while or if not fostering working at a local cat center as a volunteer i have done this for 6 years now and i answer the phone, show people round, feed the cats, clean the pens, cuddle the cats and of course get to play with kitties

Fox number 2 just been. No storm as yet.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-Oct-13 20:56:46

It's really peaceful here, east mids, eerily so in fact which is most likely a bad sign.

I never see a fox here sad

crazynanna Sun 27-Oct-13 21:22:21

Crazycat is a wanker homecat due to the local bully cats who roam the gardens here, but she hates wind and will come to me for a reasurring chinrub. In North London...not much happening weather wise.

DanielHellHoundMcSpaniel Sun 27-Oct-13 22:36:06

Our beautiful Snowshoe has just come hairing up the front path and dived in through the flap which is now locked. I was really miffed when the silly sod snuck out earlier and I was a bit bothered about him out there. He's safe and sound and soaking wet now. The Lion never stirred from atop the sofa thank goodness. He's very stupid and would have stayed out.

It's disgusting out there now and we haven't had the worst yet.

cozietoesie Mon 28-Oct-13 13:56:53

Is everyone safe so far?

Nothing much happened here in Worcestershire. Sparkling Cat is sunning herself on the patio.

Hope all the other furries are ok.

All a storm in a teacup here in East London. A bit breezy, nothing more. I don't think the cats even noticed.

DidoTheDodo Mon 28-Oct-13 15:23:36

Lots of trees down and branches everywhere in Kent.

We are fine though. Didokitty sensibly spent the night sleeping on my bed (OH is away) and didnlt seem to scared at the howling gale.

itsnothingoriginal Mon 28-Oct-13 15:51:23

Pretty quiet here too (we've had worse storms where we are tbh!) but the rain keeps coming down.

Kitten also chose today to disappear over the fence for the first time ever shock just before a heavy rain shower so I went to get her back from the neighbours garden - she was not impressed but I didn't want her getting stuck over there in the rain!!

There are some awful pictures on the news of stuff down South, we have been lucky. Glad you are ok Dido.

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