We’re happy to hear that some of the worst rumors about black cats on Halloween are untrue. Experts at the ASPCA would like to debunk the stories of people adopting black cats around Halloween for the purpose of performing rituals. Whew.
Still, every cat should play it safe during the Halloween season. Increased houseguests, enticing decorations and yummy candy all spell potential peril for felines. Here are a few tips to keep cats safe this Halloween.
1) No candy for kitty.
All forms of chocolate pose a danger. So does the sweetener xylitol. If your cat ingests either, call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
2) Cover cords.
Decorative lights and other festive pieces that require cords mean more temptation for playful cats to pounce on and chew, leading to cuts, burns or lethal electrical shock. Put cords under rugs or in cord-protectors.
3) Lights out for candles.
Carved pumpkins are a holiday staple, but lit candles inside Jack-o-Lanterns could prove harmful for pets. Cats and kittens looking to bat a moving flame risk burns.
4) Costumes must be consensual.
Avoid dressing up a cat who clearly hates clothes, to prevent stressing your pet. For those cats who like costumes, keep these outfits unrestrictive, free of loose chewable accessories or objects and able to let your cat hear, see and breathe easily.
5) Cut off escape routes.
Trick or Treaters mean open doors all evening. Keep cats in a safe room away from the front door to prevent them from slipping outside.
6) Stay tagged.
Keep ID tags on your cat in case of escape, or microchip your cat to improve the odds of getting your cat back if anything should happen.