10 Do’s and Don’ts on keeping your Cat Safe This Halloween

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Halloween is a wonderful holiday to celebrate for adults, children and even for your frisky felines! However, just like your human children you want to make sure that your kitties are kept safe during the holiday. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts on keeping your pet safe during Halloween!

 

  •  DON’T- Leave candles or pumpkins with candles in them in areas where your cat can get too. Cats in particular are very intrigued by the flickering flame of a candle, and can burn themselves or risk knocking it over and start a fire. It is much safer to opt for electric or battery operated ones instead.
  • DO- Make sure that your cats’ attire is properly fitted if you decide to put them in a costume. Too tight and it can cut off air circulation and blood flow, too loose and your cat may become irritated and try to rip it off. It is best to do a dry run a few days or even a week before- put your cat in their costume at home in a safe environment to see how they react. If they seem irritated or try to take it off, you may want to forgo the costume.
  • DON’T- Feed your cat candy! Chocolate and xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in most sugar free gum) is extremely toxic to cats in any quantity. Cats in general are not a fan of sweets, but if your cat happens to get into your child’s candy stash, seek veterinary care immediately.
  • DO- Create a calming environment for your cat- if your cat is one of those that is particularly high strung, consider purchasing a calming product such as Feliway, Composure (by Vetri-Science), or Rescue Remedy. All of which are safe, natural products and work wonderfully at calming an anxious kitty.
  • DON’T- If you are throwing a party, do not let your cat roam freely around your home. Unless your cat is extremely social and well behaved, letting them roam through a crowded party where people are coming and going can be a nightmare in the form of your cat getting out or eating/drinking things they shouldn’t. Instead, cordon off your cat in a quiet room with a bed, food, water, and their favorite toy.
  • DO- Be sure that your cat has proper and update identification in case they happen to get loose. Your cat has a greater chance of being returned to you if they have a collar with your up to date address and phone number on the tag. Better yet, make sure your pet is microchipped and that the information on your chip is up to date.
  • DON’T- Leave candy wrappers, ribbon, or any type of dangling, sparkly decoration within reach of your cat. The crinkling sound of candy wrappers is extremely enticing to cats, and if ingested can cause an intestinal blockage. Same goes for ribbon- the rule of thumb is if it resembles string (a cats favorite toy!) then it should not be left alone with your cat.
  • DO- Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.
  • DON’T- Let wires or electrical cords dangle or let them be in an area where cats can get them. Cats can suffer electric burns or shock if they chew on them, and small kittens can get tangled in them and choke.
  • DO- Remember to have fun during the holiday season!

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