Keep Cats Safe on Halloween

The American Humane Association offers tips for protecting your cat on Halloween.

Posted: October 30, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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Keep your cat safe from harm on Halloween.Cats and their owners can safely enjoy Halloween with some advance planning and some common sense, says the American Humane Association. As you get ready for the festivities, keep these tips in mind.

Keep your cat safe inside. Make sure your cat is kept away from the door so it doesn’t escape when you disperse candy to trick-or-treaters.

Make sure your black cat is safe from harm. Halloween in particular can lead strange people to do strange things to black cats, AHA says. Children may even react to seeing a black cat by yelling or scaring the cat. Bring your black cat inside for the night and away from sight of the front door.

Resist the urge to dress your cat. If your pet is not used to wearing a costume, don’t force the issue. Avoid tying something around a cat’s neck, such as a cape or tie, as such an item could choke your pet, according to the AHA.

Make sure you pet has identification. With so much activity happening near your front door, your cat may slip outside. A collar and tag, or a microchip or tattoo, will help ensure your cat returns to you if she becomes lost, the AHA says.

Keep lit candles out of reach. Make sure your cat can’t knock over a lit candle or singe her fur.

Don’t treat your pet to candy. Chocolate and other sweets can make your cat sick and can be lethal in some cases, the AHA says.

For more Halloween safety tips, visit the American Humane Association website.

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Katherine    Hawley, PA

10/27/2010 4:18:56 PM

Yes pleeease make sure your cat is inside on Halloween, especially black cats, although any cat can be targeted. There are horrible people out there. I personally know because a few years ago our black cat was taken from our front yard on Halloween. We had tried to keep him in but someone let him out, and that night was the last time we saw him. He was an indoor/outdoor cat (not my choice) who had '2' collars on, but after him having god knows what done to him and another cat stolen that took us over a month to get back, I can easily say that cats should be inside year-round so it isn't a question what happens to them, but above all else, please don't let them out on Halloween, or in the week around it.

Most shelters have regulations so they do not adopt out any black cats the month of, before, or sometimes even following Halloween due to the cruelty of some people.

Mallary    Whitehall, OH

8/19/2009 2:54:29 PM

Important Black Cat Safety Tip:If you really insist on taking your little black beauty out of the house around Halloween,try using a pet stroller;you can get them for around $50.00 on Ebay and wherever you are your cat is right with you.Not many people would be tempted to bother a black cat that is being pushed in a stroller by it's owner.(:

jane    LASVEGAS, NV

11/9/2008 4:51:48 PM

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jane    LASVEGAS, NV

11/9/2008 4:51:39 PM

Hi ilove you and happythanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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