Keeping Halloween Happy

The excitement and festivities of Halloween can frighten your cat. Follow these tips to keep your pet safe.

Posted: Tue Nov 26 00:00:00 PST 2002

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As trick-or-treaters line up at your door and revelers parade up and down the street this Halloween, keeping your cat safe and calm should be a priority. Consider the following tips from the Humane Society of the United States:

Keep your cat indoors and secluded in a quiet, comfortable room with its food, litter box, favorite toy and bed.

Make sure your cat is wearing identification tags in case someone lets it out of its room. A cat frightened by trick-or-treaters may run out the front door.

Be aware that streamers and candles are hazardous to cats. Provide pet treats so your cat can enjoy the post trick-or-treat fun. Chocolate and other "human" treats can pose dangers to your pet's health.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

3/2/2013 12:41:16 PM

good article, thanks

Patricia    Victoria, BC

10/21/2008 9:27:19 PM

This is all good advice. I might add that if you can, have your cats in a seperate room with someone to reassure them and let them know everything'll be ok. Our cats, which were all indoor cats, used to get so scared by the noise that they crawl under the sheets and lay next to my husband's legs. Also keep curtains pulled early in evening as the sparks from firecrackers and noise can also scare cats.

debby    oxford, NC

10/28/2007 6:57:57 PM

good advice, if your cat is black don't let him/her out!

Laurie    Erie,, PA

10/27/2007 10:52:35 AM

I thought it was good that the article mentioned that cats can be "spooked" and run unexpectedly out the front door.We had a cat take off fourth of July...spooked by fireworks. Luckily we found him 11 days later, but the point is animals get spooked by things happening out of the ordinary.I't a good point to bring up.

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