Halloween is one of the top times of the year for decoration and themed get-togethers, but these activities could represent a real danger to your cat, in many ways you may not expect or realize. Here are five tricks to keep in mind to help keep your cat safe during Halloween.
Beware of Costumes & Decoration
While decorations make the mood, ornaments such as ribbons and streamers are bright and colorful and festive, but represent a swatting or pouncing temptation many cats may not resist and strands of fake cobwebs are choking hazards. If you or guests celebrate in costume, be aware of cats gnawing on stray buttons and fringes. Not only are they too choking hazards, but the paints used on them may be toxic.
Beware of Jack-o-Lanterns
Jack-o-lanterns, candles, and any other festive decorations that contain accessible or open flames should be kept in areas out of reach to your cat. Curious kitties might see them as interesting and unwittingly stick their noses a bit too close, resulting in singed whiskers and fur. Further, there is the obvious risk of such decorations being knocked over and starting a larger uncontrolled fire. When possible, it’s better to replace such flames with modern and safe solutions like LED lights and faux candles.
Beware of Candy
Be mindful of bowls of candy left out for trick-or-treaters or party guests. While these yummy treats might be a highlight of your night, the attraction to candies is dangerous to your cat. Chocolate and the artificial additives in sweets are toxic to animals, and the cellophane and shiny foil wrappers can cause intestinal blockages and vomiting.
Beware of Front Door
On a night where a doorbell is ringing frequently with trick-or-treaters or your home is filled with costumed revelers and loud music and flashing lights, your cat might be suffering from overstimulation or anxiety. It might be a wise idea to keep your cat in an area of your home that will allow for a quiet space to grant your cat a reprieve. Otherwise, if your cat is in the same area as you or your guests when the next round of kids come looking for candy, he might run right out the door and into an even scary outdoor world.
Beware of Real Life Ghouls
We’ve all heard horrific urban legends of satanic rituals being performed on abducted black cats around Halloween time. While there is little in the way of confirming such actions, it is not so far-fetched for your outdoor cat to be chased, teased, taunted, or abused by troublesome teenagers or drunken miscreants. Just to be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to keep your cats inside.