Halloween can be a festive and fun time of year for children and families, but for family pets, it can be a stressful and even dangerous time of year. Here are some important tips for keeping your cat safe and healthy during this time of the year.
- Unfortunately during this time cats may become the subjects of mischief or pranks. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk this time of year and many shelters will not allow black cats to be adopted during the last half of October as a safety precaution. If you own a black cat, it is strongly recommended that they be kept indoors during the entire month of October.
- If you are going to be letting trick-or-treaters in your house, make sure you keep your cat in a separate room of the house. The parade of costumed kids and endlessly chiming doorbells can get to be too much for comfort. Too many visitors can be stressful even for the friendliest cat and your cat may dart out of the house during all the activity or may feel threatened and become aggressive.
- Make sure your cat is wearing proper identification. If, for any reason, your cat does escape or become lost, you increase the chances that he will be returned to you if he is wearing a collar with an ID tag.
- Despite how much fun it is for people, many pets don’t enjoy getting dressed up for Halloween. However, if you do dress your cat, be sure that its costume does not interfere with the its ability to breathe, see, hear, or move. Also, there should not be small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your cat could choke on.
- Don’t leave burning candles or lit Jack-O-Lanterns unattended. Keep them out of your cat's reach. It is normal that your cat may be curious about a brightly burning candle and serious burns could occur. You also run the risk of your cat knocking them over and starting a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
- Halloween treats are for people, not for pets. Candy wrappers and lollipop sticks can be hazardous if swallowed and chocolate can be toxic to your cat. Dispose of candy wrappers before your cat can get to them, since the wrappers can cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Explain to everyone in your home (including kids) how dangerous treats are to pets. Take young children's candy supply and put it somewhere out of reach of your cat. Caution children about leaving candy wrappers on the floor.
Finally, decorations are tempting for cats to get their noses into. Needless to say, it's too easy for them to get hurt if left unsupervised, whether it's in a tangle of crepe paper or a singed coat from an open flame. Ensure that any decorations cannot be pulled over or off their location. An item that is pulled off, could seriously hurt your pet if the decoration was pulled down on top of them. Always keep these Halloween favors out of your cat's reach!
Best-Cat-Tips.com wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!