For humans, thunderstorms can be thrilling. The flashes of lightning, beating rain, and booming thunder can stoke a childlike excitement. However, for many of our pets, thunderstorms are terrifying and stoke anxiety instead. Help ease your furry friend’s fears by creating a storm shelter.

#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: 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

#3: 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.

If your pet is still cowering in fear when a storm is brewing? Contact us about anti-anxiety options.