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As caring & responsible parents it is important to recognise signs of fear & distress in our little lions.

This can be seen in the following ways;

• Flinching

• Running from sudden sounds/movement

• Raised fur on an arched back

• Curling up to appear small

• Enlarged pupils

• Inappropriate elimination

• Excessive grooming/plucking of fur

• Excessive vocalization

• Hissing

• Refusal to eat

These signs can be commonly seen throughout November -{firework season}- as 50% of cats & dogs suffer from firework stress.

Statistically more cats & dogs are reported to go missing on Bonfire Night than any other night in the year.

This is why it is so important to always have proper identification tags, with up-to-date contact information. Microchipping is strongly recommended.

Prepping your little lions for a stress-free evening by letting them out earlier in the day, calling them back for sunset & keeping them housebound for the rest of the night is a really good habit to have all-year round. Secure doors & windows, close the curtains & give them easy access to a hiding place. Alternatively, your little lion might just prefer to get snuggled up with you. Play some music, watch Netflix together, provide some form of sound to drown out that of the entertainment taking place outside. Animals sense stress & anxiety so stay calm & they will feed off of your energy.


Situated in the heart of East Dulwich The Wingless Bird is an exclusive cat sitting service which tailors to the individual needs of you & your cat. The Wingless Bird is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, using 10 years of experience working along side charity shelters, like The Celia Hammond Animal Trust, whilst maintaining the most competitive rates to date. Through an exceptional interest in working with timid, feral & cat colonies The Wingless Bird services can & have been particularly beneficial to those who have rescued &/or nervous cats & cats with a troubled history that may be finding it difficult to settle into their new home.

Whether you are on holiday, in hospital or suffering a disability, busy or away for lengthy periods of time, at home & need extra support... The Wingless Bird provides the undivided care & attention that every cat needs.

The Wingless Bird is a registered professional London pet sitter, based in East Dulwich, providing home visits, as a stress-free alternative to catteries. Feline First Aid certified & DBS checked, with a higher education in feline behaviour.





by The Wingless bird

From the Ancient Greek αἴλουρος . aílouros . meaning “cat.”