Halloween safety for pets

DrNworb put out another excellent video on YouTube, this time on black cats and the difficulties they endure because of human ignorance.

I have two black cats, which you realize if you follow this blog. Andy and Dougy are best buddies and brothers to each other, but a good part of my joy, too. For that reason, I keep them inside. Their safety and longevity are more important than giving them “freedom” by turning them outside to exposure to parasites and disease, street accidents and stray dogs, wild animals and bad people. Protecting your pets from people who might harm them because they are black cats – or cats, period – can’t be emphasized too strongly during this season.

Halloween holds other hazards for pets, and it is even more vital to protect your pets, not just black cats, by making sure they don’t get into holiday candies or decorations that cats, especially, like to mouth and bat around. My cats like candy wrappings, something I have had to take these out of little mouths before one or the other cat swallowed. Things that make crinkly sounds are particularly attractive to cats. For their safety, keep attractive and dangerous items out of their reach.

If you typically have little visitors to your home on Halloween, you should help your pet deal with the stress of lots of strangers invading their space by putting them in a room where they have food, toys, whatever they need for comfort till the visits end. In my situation, Dougy is very curious about the outside. If he’s allowed to greet people at the door (and both cats like to greet people at the door), he invariably starts outside if the door is open very long. Either way – stress or curiosity – pet safety needs to be dealt with beforehand.

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6 thoughts on “Halloween safety for pets

  1. I keep my cats inside also. Same fear.
    I always check on Halloween night when I open the door.
    Sometimes I think I like cats more than politicians…

    • Thanks! We all need to be aware of such things. I love my kitties, but not all people feel the same about cats. You understand that since you are discriminated against, too. Sad…!

  2. Especially when you have a beautiful pedigree cat – too many thieves around.

    It’s a tough one, as ideally it’s nice for a cat to run free, but overall it has to be more important that they are kept safe.

    • Not only are Andy and Dougy pedigreed cats, they are very friendly. There’s an elementary school a short distance away. Small children have a way of finding “stray” pets to take home. We all did it as kids, I’m sure! If one’s cat has a collar, ownership is obvious, but I had a cat that did get to go outside without supervision (he was a rescue cat that lived for some time without a home before he was captured by the animal control officer) that returned one day without his collar. A neighbor found the collar and returned it to me the same day. Had someone found my cat without a collar, he was so attractive (an orange tabby) I suspect he’d get a new home. My current cats both were microchipped so I could establish them as mine if they got loose.

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