When you think of Halloween, you probably think of tricks and treats, ghosts, goblins,
devils, witches and ..... black cats. Unfortunately, black cats get an undeserved bad rap,
especially at this time of year.
Many pets find Halloween a frightening experience, and for
some pets (like black cats), it can even turn deadly. At Halloween, pets are
often the innocent victims of pranksters cruel tricks. We
strongly suggest that pets be kept indoors and isolated from the holiday
Some suggestions for making Halloween a safe and stress-free holiday for
For the safety of all concerned, please resist the temptation to send
your pet trick-or-treating with the kids.
If you (the adult) do take your pets trick or
treating along with your children. Please make them visible with brightly
colored costumes, reflective tape attached to their collar or a reflective
vest that will have them stand out as well as keep them warm if you live an
area that cools down at night.
Cats have a particular danger attached to
them on Halloween, especially black cats like our Tabitha but not excluding
regular Tabbies. Pranksters can be deadly to our pets on this holiday.
Seclude your pets in a quiet room away from Halloween activities. This will ensure that
they won't panic and escape when bell-ringing trick-or-treaters arrive, nor will they
become threatened or aggressive at the sight of ghosts and goblins.
Have your Halloween candy out of the reach of
your pet, putting the candy in a cauldron on the floor looks great - but the
moment you turn around most dogs will be in it.
Have your own bowl of healthy doggie treats
available; discourage well meaning visitors from giving your pets treats.
Keep all candy, especially chocolate which can be fatal to animals, safely away from
Candy wrappers, chocolate
in tin foil, and cellophane swallowed by your pet, can cause blockage in the
intestines, leading to fatal results.
Too much sugar can be as harmful to pets as
it is for children, if an accident occurs contact your vet or the A.S.P.C.A.
Poison Control Center (888)426-4435
Holiday food, alcoholic beverages, fatty
table scraps and bones can also be harmful or toxic to your pets.
Restrict your pet's access to
all decorations: jack-o-lanterns are harmless --- it's the candles inside,
wires that can be chewed, plastic and glass that could cause damage to their
Cover or pin down electrical cords,
especially from playful Houdini-like kittens.
Costumes: many but not all dogs and cats
allow their families to dress them up, if you must have them as greeters
PLEASE CHOOSE THEIR COSTUMES WITH CARE.
Costumes must not constrict their movement,
or their ability to see, hear or breathe. Dogs in costume must be free to
bark. No part of the costume should be hanging off that could be chewed off
and choked on.
Updating your pet's ID tag with a reward
offered on it should your pet run or sneak outside to investigate noise or
Glow in the dark collars can be added, at
Microchips can implanted. They are harmless
to your pet and relatively inexpensive - but can mean a quick and safe
return of your pet if they are picked up by authorities.
Please also beware;
This alarming story about pets swallowing Halloween cobweb decorations...
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