Keep Cats Indoors: It's unfortunate, but there are cruel people in the world who steal, injure, or even kill cats during Halloween. While black cats are most vulnerable during this time of year, it's best to keep your cat inside, no matter his coat color. Don't just keep your cat inside on Halloween night - keep him confined to the house several days before and after Halloween to ensure his safety.
Likewise, if you are throwing a party at your house, confine your kitty to a safe room. Be sure to provide her with comfortable places to sleep, food, water, litter box, and toys. Do not allow guests to go into her safe room during the party unless your kitty is already comfortable with them. You may also want to play soft music in the room to calm her if she is nervous having house guests over. Additionally, if you can slip away for a few minutes, visit your cat periodically throughout the party to check in on her and provide her reassurance.
Please ensure your companion is wearing a collar and ID tag on Halloween in case she accidentally escapes outdoors. If your kitty is microchipped, take a moment to ensure your contact information is up-to-date as well.
Halloween Decorations: It's fun to decorate your home with festive decorations for the season. Pumpkins and decorative corn are typically considered to be safe plants to have around pets, but they may cause digestive upset if your cat snacks on them, according to the ASPCA. Pumpkin is actually very beneficial to a cat's digestive system. Instead of letting your kitty chew on your pumpkin decorations, though, purchase some unsweetened, plain canned pumpkin for him to eat. You can feed a teaspoon of it to him plain or mix a little into his canned food.
Some Halloween decorations have electrical cords. For your cat's safety, please protect electrical cords with cord covers or spray them with a deterrent like Bitter Apple. Cats who chew electrical cords can suffer cuts, burns, and/or life-threatening electrical shocks.
Candy is Not for Cats: I'm sure you've heard about the toxicity of chocolate for cats. While dark and baking chocolate are the most toxic to cats, all types of chocolate are dangerous for kitties to ingest. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, found in some candies is also toxic to kitties. If you believe your furry friend has ingested xylitol or chocolate, please call your local veterinarian, emergency animal hospital, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for immediate assistance. You can reach the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. Please note that a $65 consultation fee may apply.
Candy wrappers also pose a danger to kitties. Please keep all candy out of your pet's reach and promptly throw all candy wrappers into a covered trash can.
If you'd like to get your companion a treat for Halloween, purchase her favorite cat treat or try a new one. Carmine and Milita absolutely love ProPlan Savory Bites in chicken flavor. If your cat hasn't tried these, we highly recommend them!
If you know your furry friend loves playing dress-up, be sure to try his costume on him before the big day. If he starts acting abnormally, seems allergic, or looks distressed, it's best to let him celebrate Halloween in his "birthday suit."
Thoroughly examine the costume to ensure that there are no small or dangling parts your cat can chew off, choke on, or swallow. Additionally, make sure your pet's costume fits well. Clothes that are too loose can get caught on objects, which can potentially injure him. Your kitty's costume should not restrict his breathing, ability to meow, or ability to hear, see, or move.
Utilizing these Halloween safety tips for cats will ensure a safe and happy holiday for everyone in your home.
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