Happy Halloween! Here are a few extra precautions to help your cat enjoy the holiday!
1. No tricks, no treats for kitty: Chocolate in all forms is very dangerous to your cat and candies can contain sweeteners that may be toxic if ingested. Keep the candy bowl for the trick-or-treaters
2. Crinkly candy wrappers are particularly attractive to cats. They are not safe toys and should be thrown away in a secure trash receptacle as soon as the candy is eaten so your cat doesn’t try to make a tasty treat of these wrappers causing gastric upset.
3. Be careful with your carved pumpkins, curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
4. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your cat. Also be especially careful with spider webbing which can act the same in your kitty’s tummy as swallowing a whole bunch of string.
5. If your cat is easy going and would tolerate you dressing him up, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, or meow.
6 Even the most social of cats can become scared with all the extra sounds and smells of Halloween. For their safety cats should be kept in a separate room away from all the action. If you choose not to put your cat away take extra caution when opening the door that your cat doesn’t dart outside.
7. Accidents can and do happen! Make sure your cat always has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that your pet can be returned to you.
The Village Clinic Team hopes everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.
Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT