Pet Care Guide During Storms

Caring for you pets during stormy weather

Is your pet scared of thunderstorms? Do they become anxious when it starts to thunder and rain?

Having lived in the UAE for the last 12 years, I’ve seen an increase in storms and rainfall over the last few years. With three cats and two dogs, and community cats that visit us on a regular basis, I make sure when storms are forecasted, we’re fully prepared for our fur kids.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain can trigger anxiety in cats and dogs, leading to distressed behaviour. However, with preparation and understanding the signs, we can help reduce their stress and make sure they’re safe in bad weather.

Here’s what we do to make sure our fur kids feel safe and what signs to look out for.


Our Guide to Caring for Your Pets During Bad Weather

Anxiety in Cats and Dogs

Lola (our dog) hates heavy rain and thunderstorms. She barks, paces and pants, so we create safe spaces for her. She feels her safest in my office under my desk, curled up on the rug. I will sit with her, stroke her, and make sure if it’s thundering, to play calming music which helps cancel out the noise of the storm.  Our cats don’t get stressed and normally curl up in their favourite spot on the sofa or our bed. I make sure to regularly check on them and give them extra cuddles.

Stay Calm, Secure Your Home and Keep your Pets Indoors


Some humans don’t like storms either, but it’s important to stay calm around your fur kids. Our energy reflects on our pets, so don’t panic, keep calm, and comfort each other. If you live in a house, make sure your garden gates are securely closed and locked if possible. Close all windows and doors and keep your pets indoors. We always recommend your pets are wearing an ID tag regardless of the weather. A pet ID tag is the easiest way to identify your pet and reunite you should they go missing. You can find ours here.


Distracting Your Pet During the Storm

Whenever I’m feeling anxious, I know being distracted is the best way to overcome the feeling. The same goes for our furry friends. Engage with them by playing with their favourite toys and reward good behaviour with tasty treats. The storms will eventually be associated with play time and treats. Play calming music or turn the TV on to cancel out the noise.  Close your curtains and turn the lights on to help minimise the lightening.

Keeping Your Pets Safe


It’s our duty as pet parents to protect our pets at all times. It’s also our duty as pet loving people to help protect other pets in need and animals that live in our communities. If you see a cat or dog outside during bad weather, please keep them safe by offering them shelter. Your nearest vet will be able to check for a microchip number and help find their owner. Please be mindful of community cats ( and dogs ) in your area too. Where possible, provide shelter in your garden and always make sure to check under cars and in wheel arches before you drive your car.