Halloween Cat Safety
The innate curiosity of cats can get them into trouble, especially this time of year. That’s why we make it a priority to promote Halloween cat safety so you can protect your feline family member from the various hazards that abound during the holiday season. Our animal hospital in New Orleans has treated many cats for health issues related to the holidays, but we hope that yours isn’t one of them!
If you have further questions about keeping your feline companion safe on Halloween, contact our veterinarian today!
Be Careful with Candy
Be sure to store all Halloween candy behind closed doors where your cat can’t get to it. Candy is dangerous for cats for the following reasons:
- It can cause choking (especially hard candies)
- It contains lots of sugar
- Sugar-free candy contains xylitol, a highly toxic chemical that can be deadly for pets
- Candy wrappers can also cause choking
- Chocolate includes harmful stimulants (caffeine and theobromine) which can affect your pet’s heart
- Raisins/grapes have chemical compounds that can cause kidney failure in cats if eaten in large enough amounts
Halloween decorations can quickly become enticing playthings for your feline. This poses all sorts of potential problems, including harm to your pet and harm to your home (and you). You don’t have to forego decorating this year, but keep these tips in mind:
- Avoid putting up anything dangly, shiny, or easy to grab in places your cat can reach. This includes strands of lights and fake spiderwebs.
- Candles can certainly help to create that spooky atmosphere, but they’re a huge fire hazard and a serious danger for cats. For a similar effect, use artificial (battery-powered) flame candles instead.
- Candy displays containing candy corn and other treats can easily upset your cat’s stomach, so either place them in a spot your cat can’t reach, or avoid putting them up altogether.
Be Careful with Costumes
Cats generally do not appreciate being dressed up in costumes, but if they enjoy the occasional sweater, you can probably find a costume that will fit them comfortably. Make sure that it doesn’t restrict your pet’s breathing or ability to walk, eat, and play as normal.
Many cats will bolt at the sound of the doorbell, and hearing it on and off for two hours can be taxing for them. If possible, keep your cat tucked away in a cozy, quiet room with their bed, toys, litter box (if necessary) and some treats.
Have Your Cat Microchipped
If your cat isn’t microchipped, it might be a good idea to have it done. This is especially important for cats that are known escape artists or are used to living an indoor-outdoor life. If your pet goes missing, they have a much higher chance of being found and returned to you if they have a microchip.