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Happy 4th July – Fireworks And Fears

Firstly Happy 4th July to all our USA furfriends.

Now as with lots of celebrations there are going to be fireworks. Fun for hoomans, not fun for furries. Whee don’t want to put a downer on the day but whee have quick warning to those with small furries. Whee piggies are very small so any loud sudden noise is terrifying for us. As prey animals whee are very good at hiding fear and stress but sudden things like fireworks can cause us to show the following signs of stress:

  • Darting around, running at the walls
  • Or freezing and staying completely still
  • Wide, wild eyes
  • Stiffened body
  • Rapid breathing, almost panting
  • Hiding in a corner head first. The if-whee-can’t-see-the-scary-thing, it-can’t-see-us mentality!
  • Digging at the floor trying to cover ourselves with hay or bedding.

If you see these it’s best not to try to handle us because you could make it worse. Instead, if you are fully prepared you can make sure whee don’t get stressed and scared.

  • Hutches/cages should be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed.
  • If you cannot bring our hutch inside, you should turn it around so that it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden. But really this is only if there is absolutely no other choice.
  • Provide extra hideys and things to do. Hay stuffed tubes, veggies, herbs and cardboard boxes etc. make good distractions. Extra bedding for burrowing into is furry impawtent too.
  • Play some low level soothing music, or louder music to disguise the sounds of the fireworks. In the days leading up to firework night you can play music to get us used to it. Whee almost always have the radio playing or the tv on so whee are comforted by the noises.
  • Black out the windows and put the lights on. That way bright flashes won’t frighten us. If you cannot black out the windows it may be worth putting a thick blanket over the cage to block out the worst of it and give a sort of secure feel.

Me demonstrating my relaxed pose for when the fireworks don't bother me!

Lots of people think about the effect of fireworks on cats and dogs because the results are far more obvious but please think of your small furries before you leave to watch a display. Whee worry too.

Stay safe furfriends and once again, have a wonderful 4th July!

Nacho

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Firework Fear Friday

First of all, as requested, here is our pumpkin. Named Lucifer:

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Anyway, I’m sad to say that this Saturday is not going to be the nicest one. Whee had such a great time at Hallo-wheek, it’s unfair to follow it up with this! Firework night. Fun for hoomans, not fun for furries. Whee piggies are very small so any loud sudden noise is terrifying for us. As prey animals whee are very good at hiding fear and stress but sudden things like fireworks can cause us to show the following signs of stress:

  • Darting around, running at the walls
  • Or freezing and staying completely still
  • Wide, wild eyes
  • Stiffened body
  • Rapid breathing, almost panting
  • Hiding in a corner head first. The if-whee-can’t-see-the-scary-thing, it-can’t-see-us mentality!
  • Digging at the floor trying to cover ourselves with hay or bedding.

If you see these it’s best not to try to handle us because you could make it worse. Instead, if you are fully prepared you can make sure whee don’t get stressed and scared. Firstly, you should check when your local displays are. This means you can make sure you are ready in time.

  • Hutches/cages should be brought into a quiet room indoors, or into a garage or shed.
  • If you cannot bring our hutch inside, you should turn it around so that it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden. But really this is only if there is absolutely no other choice.
  • Provide extra hideys and things to do. Hay stuffed tubes, veggies, herbs and cardboard boxes etc. make good distractions. Extra bedding for burrowing into is furry impawtent too.
  • Play some low level soothing music, or louder music to disguise the sounds of the fireworks. In the days leading up to firework night you can play music to get us used to it. Whee almost always have the radio playing or the tv on so whee are comforted by the noises.
  • Black out the windows and put the lights on. That way bright flashes won’t frighten us. If you cannot black out the windows it may be worth putting a thick blanket over the cage to block out the worst of it and give a sort of secure feel.
Me demonstrating my relaxed pose for when the fireworks don't bother me!

Me demonstrating my relaxed pose for when the fireworks don’t bother me!

Lots of people think about the effect of fireworks on cats and dogs because the results are far more obvious but please think of your small furries before you leave to watch a display. Whee worry too.

Nacho

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Basil Don’t Likes The Whoosh Bangs!

Firework night, also know as Bonfire night was tonight. (Or at least the big display in our local park was!) As you probably know, whee animals don’t much like fireworks. Here is my version of part of the song ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry:

They wakes me up . . . Meanies!


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Do you ever feel,
Like a guinea pig,
Snuffling round your cage,
Wanting to eat again?
Do you ever feel,
Feel like bones and skin,
Like if you don’t eat,
You might get too thin?
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Do you ever feel like you need to sleep?
And you start to settle down,
But then you start to hear something,
Do you know that there’s . . . a hooman out there who,
Has a little spark to use,

He lets ignite . . . And sets light,
To something which starts . . . To shine,
And it wakes my night,
Like the 4th of July

‘Cause Buddy they set off a firework,
And it goes ‘whoosh’, ‘pop’, ‘bang’ for all it’s worth,
Makes hoomans go “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the cage-age-age.

Buddy, I don’t like that firework,
It’s so noisy when it bangs and bursts,
Makes hoomans go “Oh, oh, oh”
While whee hide in the hay going “No, no, nooo”.

Hope you aren’t too afraid of the fireworks efurryone. What do you think of them?

Basil
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