Keep Your Cats Safe and Happy at Halloween

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I bet if cats had their say, they’d abolish Halloween. From a cat’s perspective, there’s not much to love about a holiday when strangers come knocking at your door, your humans dress up in weird outfits and scary looking masks, and some  humans even try to put you in costumes. The following tips will help you reduce the stress of this holiday for your feline family members and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Halloween.

Decorations, electrical cords and candles

Keep decorations and electrical cords and wires out of curious cats’ reach. Cats could ingest strings from decorations, which can cause intestinal blockages, or chew on live wires and get electrocuted. Candles and cats don’t mix. Use battery operated candles instead of real ones.

Pumpkins

Even though pumpkin can actually be good for cats (it can help regulate digestion,) because cats tend to like the taste of pumpkin, they may nibble on your carved master pieces. Pumpkin that has been sitting out for days can grow mold and bacteria, so keep carved pumpkins out of kitty’s reach.

Trick or Treat

If you are going to open your door to trick or treaters, provide a safe room for your cats. Put their favorite bedding and toys in the room, along with a litter box and fresh water. Close the blinds or drapes, and consider playing soft music to diffuse the sounds from the rest of the house. Classical music has been shown to calm cats.

Parties

If you’re hosting a Halloween party, follow the advice above about providing a safe room for your cats during the festivities.

Keep cats indoors

Indoor cats live longer and happier lives, but if your cats normally go outside, Halloween is not a good time to allow them to roam. This is true for all cats, not just black cats. Black cat are not at any greater danger at Halloween; this is a myth that just won’t die. Black cats suffer far more harm due to many shelters shutting down adoption of black cats during the month of October. “The only thing that such a fear-driven policy does is put more cats of every color at risk of dying in shelters due to overcrowding,” Francis Battista, cofounder of the Best Friends Animal Society, told Vetstreet.

Microchip and collar tag

A microchip and id tag on your cat’s collar will increase the odds of having your cat returned to you, should the unthinkable happen and your cat slips out.

Don’t dress your cat in costumes

Cats who actually enjoy being dressed up are few and far between. Being forced to wear a Halloween costume will stress most cats out. If you must dress her up, limit the “costume” to a seasonal collar. Use a photo editing software instead to give your cat that Halloween look.

Calming remedies

Calming remedies such as Spirit Essences Stress Stopper or Rescue Remedy can help reduce the stress of a constantly ringing door bell or party guests.

We skip the festivities at our house. I’m not a Halloween Grinch, but Allegra and Ruby’s safety and comfort come first, so I turn the porch light off to discourage trick or treaters. They both love visitors, so for them, to be locked up in a bedroom while the door bell keeps ringing would not only confuse them, it would also stress them out.

How do you keep your cats safe at Halloween?

7 Comments on Keep Your Cats Safe and Happy at Halloween

  1. Courtney
    October 31, 2015 at 1:29 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve never liked Holloween so I’ve never celebrated it.

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  2. Mary Ellen
    October 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Stopped participating in Halloween years ago. I close the curtains, shut out the lights and retire with the kitties to my upstairs TV room. As you say, the comfort and safety of my kitties comes first. And really, do the (human) kids need MORE candy. I don’t think so.

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  3. Brenda
    October 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm (5 years ago)

    Glad you covered all of this. Glad to hear that black cats aren’t at any worse danger but they are in enough at the kill pounds that call themselves “shelters” as you point out!

    We will be doing as you are — hunkering down with the cats & not participating. Even without cats it seems rather insane to open one’s door to strangers any day of the year. It dawned on us one Halloween night as we sat out on our porch in costume cheerfully looking forward to participating. We grabbed the bowl of candy, went in and have not participated since. (Participation from children was also dwindling in our neighborhood anyway thankfully.)

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    • Ingrid
      October 21, 2014 at 6:30 am (5 years ago)

      You do have a point about opening your door to random strangers, Brenda! 🙂

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  4. Amy Sikes
    October 20, 2014 at 8:50 am (5 years ago)

    I don’t even open the door. I put a bowl of candy on the front porch, pull the blinds, and let the little beggars help themselves. I figure that’s all they care about, anyway!

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  5. Steve
    October 20, 2014 at 4:55 am (5 years ago)

    Regarding decoration lights;
    If you must use them select to use either battery or low voltage versions. That way if the wires do get chewed at worst the pet ( of any type) will only get a mild and not lethal jolt.

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  6. Summer
    October 20, 2014 at 3:42 am (5 years ago)

    I’m very lucky – the humans here never do anything special for Halloween. And since I don’t mind the occasional outfit, it’s all cool!

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