Some of you may have grown up building blanket forts in the living room while it was stormy outside. While we did that for fun, creating a storm shelter for your pet can help ease the anxiety they can feel when the wind is howling outside, lightning flashes, and thunder booms. Here are our tips on making a storm shelter for your pet to ride out the rain.
#1: 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.
#2: 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.
#3: 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.
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