I’m pretty sure that if cats had anything to say about it, they’d get rid of 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. It’s up to us humans to reduce the stress of this holiday for feline family members and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Halloween.


Some cats like the taste of pumpkin, and they may nibble on your carved master pieces. And while pumpkin can actually have benefits for cats (it can regulate digestion,) pumpkins that have been sitting out for days can grow mold and bacteria, so keep carved pumpkins out of kitty’s reach.

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. Real candles and cats never mix. Use battery operated candles instead.

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.


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

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 cats are actually 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?

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9 Comments on Halloween Safety Tips for Your Cats

  1. When I was living in Canada, during the 1960s, Halloween was nice, fun for kids, and no particular danger to cats. Yet the Halloween celebrated here in America, which we have experienced for the past 20 years, is disgusting. It’s, certainly, not teaching kids anything good. Besides, what’s so funny and enjoyable about skeletons and skulls? What do these displays do to people who have just lost a loved one (human or animal)? They have enough grief without being reminded on every corner what their loved ones look like now in their graves.

  2. I gave Halloween up along time ago! I make sure I am always home with my kids so they don’t get scared, Even the 4th of July I am home. Please remember too Keep you cats inside.

  3. We don’t celebrate Halloween here anymore, but I do appreciate the tips. One year when I had a dog, she actually bit me because the kids coming to the door stressed her out too bad.

  4. Ingrid,

    Same as you do. It’s confusing for the boys. And for me, getting the door all the time is… The kids are cute, but…

    Rather donate to a local no kill cat shelter than, spend the money on treats.

    Grayson, Milo, Nan

  5. Hi Ingrid,
    The very best, your writings about Halloween an$ our felines.
    I feel sick inside that there are cats outside during this festivity. I just have to pray, and hope, that nothing happens to them.
    If you can, as time goes forward, let us know how Ruby is ❤️.

  6. Excellent tips as always. We wish you a fun and relaxing Halloween from all of us. We’ll be watching creepy movies in bed so nice and calm just the way we like it.

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