Monday, October 30, 2017

Keeping Your Cats Safe on Halloween

It's time to have fun on Halloween! Humans will be out and about in all types of costumes visiting homes to Trick or Treat! This can be great fun, but also stressful for our cats. What can you do to ensure your cats are safe and secure during the Halloween festivities?
Truffle playing safely indoors inside her haunted house
Truffle playing safely inside


We wanted to share some ideas for keeping your cats safe, secure, and stress-free on Halloween.

Keep cats indoors and confined on Halloween

We are indoor-only cats all the time. If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, please bring them inside on Halloween, especially if they are black.  We think black cats are beautiful, but unfortunately, there are vicious pranksters who may tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. If you participate in "trick or treating" at your home, your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This could be scary for cats which could cause them to try to escape or experience excessive stress or unexpected aggression.  Consider putting them in a secure room or crate away from the front door during the trick-or-treating hours.  

Keep candy out of reach

Chocolate can be dangerous or even lethel for cats, especially baking or dark chocolate. If your cat exhibits signs of chocolate poisoning, such as vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, or seizures. If you cat shows any of these signs and you suspect she ate some chocolate, get her to the veterinarian immediately. Candy and wrappers could present a choking hazard if a cat tries to eat it.


Use care with decorations

Carved Jack-o-lanterns are festive and fun to have around the house on Halloween.  Pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin which could start a fire. Curious cats, especially kittens, may get burned or singed by a candle flame or a hot bulb.  Popular Halloween plants, such as pumpkins and decorative corn are usually nontoxic, but may cause some stomach discomfort if pets nibble on them.


Monitor your cats while they are wearing costumes

If your cat allows you to dress her in costumes for Halloween, use safe, non-flammable and non-toxic items that your cat is comfortable in and that don't restrict movement, breathing or vision. Monitor closely to make sure there aren't any strings, buttons, or other items your cat may swallow.

Make sure your cat is wearing proper identification

If, for any reason, your cat does escape or become lost, you increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you if she is wearing a collar with an ID tag.  It's also important to consider having your cat microchipped.

Truffle outside her haunted house
Truffle outside her haunted house

What We Do

Mom Paula stopped participating in "trick-or-treat" when we were kittens because she was afraid we'd slip out the front door.  All of the strangers on the front porch laughing, ringing the doorbell and stomping on the steps stressed Truffle. We turn off the lights and go to the back of the house with Mom Paula where everything is calm. Mom Paula also keeps the Comfort Zone with Feliway diffuser plugged in and will give us some of the Pet Naturals Calming Treats.

19 comments:

  1. I wish we could bring our ferals in to be safe. Well, not really, but I worry about them.

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  2. Back when da humans had kitties dey let outdoors (a LONG time ago), dey always kept dem in on Halloween.

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  3. I wish everyone who has a cat would follow these tips. Halloween should be fun and safe for everyone.

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  4. We'll probably all be hiding when the trick or treating starts.

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  5. TBT darkens the house and we all sit quietly on the bed 6-9PM. Well HE sits and the laptop. That doesn't make anny light.

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  6. We'll have to lock Ham up for the trick or treat because he'll try to run out the door. Mama says it is her favorite holiday and there's no way she's not participating! They have, however, purchased a small semi decorated fake tree for Christmas this year because she doesn't trust Ham not to knock over everything...

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  7. I don't blame you for opting out of the trick or treating extravaganza, it's so hectic & stressful for pets! At our last house we got hoards of trick or treaters, we finally shut the porch light off at 10pm. Our cat Maggie always hid. The dogs went nuts until we leashed them and sat in the front room so they could see what was going on. We gave them treats as well to help create some positive associations with it. We don't get many trick or treaters in this house, thankfully!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  8. Good tips! We keep Jasmine and our dogs upstairs in my office during trick or treat hours with lots of toys and treats. I also play music for them to drain out the sounds of the craziness outside and disconnect the doorbell!

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  9. These are easy practical tips . I think this is a great list and can be used during other popular events like 4th of July. Big holidays and events can be very loud and chaotic. Keeping the environment as calm as possible works great. Truffle and Brulee are in great hands with their mama!Hope you had a good Halloween.

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  10. Excellent advice for any time when there are lots of people moving in around your house. I think Halloween through the New Year is the most stressful time of year for most pets.

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  11. I've only recently learned how dangerous Halloween can be for black cats. Ugh. Yes, keep all kitties indoors on this weird night! My dogs tend to go bonkers but it isn't nearly as bad as July 4 for us.

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  12. Great advice. I really enjoy handing out candy, but if I have any young (or door -darting) cat personalities in the house on Halloween, I keep them at least one closed door away from the front door. Good thought about double checking Halloween decorations for safety also.

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  13. I have neighbors with cats that sit outside dispensing candy rather than having the children ring the doorbell and then opening the door for them to dispense the candy. These are excellent tips.

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  14. So glad to hear how you keep your cats safe, and the sacrifices you make for them! ~Dear Mishu

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  15. Great tips! I definitely think people forget the pets get stressed with all the visitors and commotion! :) And no candy for the kitties. - Shelby G.

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  16. Excellent advice! Definitely applicable to dogs as well. We live in a condo in San Francisco and so there is not a whole lot of halloween crowd here, which is good because Babu barks a lot when he hears someone at the door.

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  17. So important to keep the pets safe and happy. Kilo gets super stressed by strangers but he loves kids. He is never off leash and spends peak hour in his crate or this year in another room with me. Ted's mask really freaked him out but a few treats made things better.

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  18. Great tips. I didn't realize that shelters may not adopt out black cats because of Halloween. I like the idea of keeping a tag on them.

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