Halloween isn’t just a scary time for us as it can be equally deadly for our pets as well, especially for cats. As this haunting holiday season is approaching, our homes will be packed with fun, costumes, parties, trick-or-treating and spooky decorations. On the other hand, it is one of the stressful periods of the year for your little feline family members. Cats never enjoy and get easily scared by unfamiliar surroundings and activities. So, here we are presenting you some useful Halloween tricks and tips that will be helpful in keeping your cat happy and calm and will also allow you to enjoy this festive season to the fullest with your loved ones.
Top Halloween Tips for your Cat
Keep your cat inside
It is a bitter truth that cats are often targets of cruel tricks or pranks during Halloween. These pranks can cause real harm to your little friend. So, the best way to keep your pets safe from these dangers is to keep them inside. Try to reserve a quiet and peaceful room where they can feel safe from all the Halloween activities. For cats, unusual decorations and costumes may sound familiar people horrifying as well.
Keep your cat away from decorations
We all love decorations as it is so fascinating and helps in making our festive season and surroundings more delightful. But it is not the same in the case of cats. Cat’s vision becomes entangled in lights and stringy objects. These shiny and glittery decorations possess life-threatening threats like candles (may cause the fire), rubber eyeballs (may cause choking in cats), glowing sticks and stringy webs (may be poisonous if intake). Always try to keep all the decorations out of their reach and never leave your kitty alone in such an environment as well.
People love to dress up themselves and their pets for Halloween. But most cats hate dressing in clothes. According to ASPCA, you should not put your cat in a costume unless you know she is comfortable in it, there is no reason to cause unnecessary stress. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit her movement, sight or ability to breathe and meow. As an alternative, limit the “costume” to a seasonal collar.
Say NO to Treats
Halloween treat can possibly be a poison for cats. Dark chocolates are especially dangerous since they contain elevated levels of theobromine, which can be lethal to cats. Xylitol, largely present in candy, causes insulin release and low blood sugar levels and can lead to liver failure as well. If your cat manages to eat the one, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.
Microchip and ID Tag
During the festive season, we are sometimes so busy during the preparations that we completely forget our cats. To prevent your little friends from getting lost on Halloween, wear them a reflective collar with ID tags or microchip ID tag. Many tags use QR codes or other smart technology for a quick and easy scan.
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