Chances are pet safety isn’t at the top of your list when preparing for a hurricane. You have to consider things like making sure your home is protected, securing your roof, gathering water and nonperishable food, and much more. So, making sure Fido or Mittens are safe can often take a backseat. That’s why the tropical storm experts at ASP Windows are here to help you learn how to keep pets calm during hurricanes!
Give Them Attention and Love
Pet safety tip number one involves a little common sense – you want to make sure your pets get extra love and attention. This means different things for different pets, of course, but it’s important that you make them feel as comfortable as possible. If you have a dog who loves sitting on your lap, then let them sit on your lap! If you have a cat who loves scratching your couch, well, you might have to let it scratch your couch. Remember that these aren’t random animal behaviors, but rather your pet’s natural coping mechanisms. Allowing them these outlets goes a long way towards keeping pets calm during hurricanes.
Bonus tip: set out extra food and water. All pets love to eat and are food-motivated. Having easy access to their food dish will help them feel more at ease.
Stay Calm Yourself
Animals pick up on human emotions. This isn’t news to anyone, but what might surprise you is just how much your mood can affect your furry friends. Ever wonder why your pet is so happy to see you come home from work? Part of it is that they love you and are simply happy to see you. Another part, though, is that you’re happy and your pet is reflecting that happiness.
So, pet safety tip number two is to stay calm. This is especially true of dogs and hurricanes. This makes sense – dogs are usually the easiest type of pet to identify emotional responses in. They’re happy when you’re happy, and they’re stressed when you’re stressed. This means that you’ll want to keep yourself as calm as possible during a tropical storm or hurricane. It’s easier said than done, but trust us, your dog will thank you!
Create a Safe, Quiet Space With ASP
Next up on our list of ways to keep pets calm during hurricanes is to create a quiet space for them. Many pet owners will use a crate or carrier. That’s an alright option, but there are better ways to offer your pet peace and quiet and protect your home at the same time.
Installing hurricane windows gives you the highest possible level of home security during a storm. It also has serious noise reduction effects. You can expect a quiet home even with thunder, lightning, rain, and flying debris outside. This means calmer, happier pets. It also means a calmer you, which will help your pets to feel more secure.
ASP Windows has been helping South Florida families (and their pets!) stay safe during hurricanes for decades. Call us today at (888) 782-8342 for a free custom impact window or door quote. You’ll thank us when your pets are calm as can be during the next tropical storm!