Few things in life are cuter than seeing your cat in a pumpkin-colored collar complete with bells. But for pets and their families, Halloween should also be a time for caution. In order to ensure that both your children and pets enjoy a fun and safe holiday, please remember the following tips:
- Your pet can easily become anxious and frightened when the doorbell is constantly ringing and all she sees are children in strange clothes and masks. Confining her to her own safe haven for the evening (like a pet carrier or a closed room) can help calm her nerves and keep her from running out of the constantly opening front door.
- If you're dressing your pet for Halloween, use safe, non-flammable and non-toxic items that your pet is comfortable in and that don't restrict movement, breathing or vision.
- If you have a black cat, keep her indoors on Halloween. Many black cats end up missing on this night because of pranks or for other unspeakable reasons. It's better to be safe than sorry. Besides, she can roam the neighborhood next week.
- It's best to keep cats indoors on Halloween, especially black cats. Many black cats end up missing on this night because of pranks or for other unspeakable reasons. It's better to be safe than sorry.
- Lastly, keep all candy out of your pet's reach — especially chocolate, which is toxic to cats. Consumption of even small amounts of chocolate can cause seizures, muscle tremors and vomiting while larger doses can be fatal. Stick to sharing a few kibbles of Science Diet® cat food and your cat will be just as happy.
Following these simple tips will help keep your pet safe, healthy and out of any scary trouble this Halloween.