If you want to give your cat a yummy treat for Halloween, purchase his or her favorite kitty treats or try a new brand of cat treats. Keep all candy out of your pet's reach.
Keep Cats Indoors: It's unfortunate, but not all people love kitties as much as we do. To keep your kitty (no matter what his or her fur color is) from becoming an unwilling participant in Halloween mischief, keep him or her indoors. Black cats are especially prone to going missing on Halloween.
If you are giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, it's a good idea to keep nervous kitties in a safe room in your home with the door shut to prevent them from escaping accidentally. Even the most social kitties can become overwhelmed by all the trick-or-treaters visiting your home; keep an eye on your feline any time you open the door. Keep collars and identification on your cat so that if your kitty accidentally escapes, you will have a better chance of finding him or her.
Halloween Costumes: Please do not put your kitty in a Halloween costume unless you know he or she loves it! I haven't personally met any cats that would even tolerate being dressed up, let alone love it, but I'm sure there are a few out there. Dressing up a cat who doesn't love being in costume causes him or her unnecessary stress. An unhappy cat in costume may even hurt himself or herself trying to get out of it.
If you want your kitty to look festive for Halloween, you could try putting a decorative bandanna or bow-tie on his or her collar. Mom Emily from Kitty Cat Chronicles makes some really adorable bow-ties that slip right over your cat's collar. Carmine really loves his!
If you have one of the rare kitties who enjoys being dressed up, ensure that your cat's Halloween costume does not constrict his or her movement in any way. Be sure your cat can see, hear, breathe, and meow without any difficulty in the costume you choose. Try on the Halloween costume before the big night to ensure your cat is not distressed by it at all. Be sure to make sure there are no small parts on the costume your feline could tare off and swallow as well.
Jack-o-lanterns also pose a danger to cats. Jack-o-lanterns can be easily knocked over and start fires. Curious kitties can also singe or burn themselves with flames, so it's best to keep all jack-o-lanterns out of your cat's reach.
We hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween next week!
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