Keep Your Feline Family Safe This Halloween
Halloween is right around the corner and mischief is in the air. For cats Halloween can be a dangerous and stressful day. The decorations, commotions and candy all add to the stress and dangers for our feline friends. With some planning and preparation you can make the day safe and less stressful for your cat.
Keep decorations out of reach and cords protected
Low hanging decorations can seem like toys to our feline friends and may be asking for trouble from a curious kitty.
- Keep decorations out of reach of furry paws
- Avoid decorations with excess string that can be ingested
- Use battery powered candles to avoid accidental burns or fires from open flame candles
Keep your cats indoors in a secure location
The loud noises and strangely dressed people can be frightening to cats. To keep them calm and lessen the chance of them slipping out an open door, set up a quiet room away from the commotion.
- Set up a closed room with your cat's bed or carrier
- Turn on the television or music at low level to drown out excessive noise
- Have their food, water, litter box and toys available
Keep candy away from cats
Chocolate and some other candies are toxic for cats and wrappers can be a choking hazard. Sugar-free candies containing xylitol can cause serious problems in cats.
- Store candy out of reach from pets
- Remind youngsters not to share their candy with their furry friends
Even when you are careful opening the door for guests and trick-or-treats your cat could slip outside. Make sure your cat is wearing proper identification. It is a good idea to verify your kitty has a microchip and your contact information is up-to-date. A collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost cat.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!