Halloween is just under three weeks away, so it’s time to begin thinking about ensuring it will be a safe night for you and your children. This is the third in a series of articles about how to do just that.
Halloween can be a frightening – and dangerous – time for our pets. They are likely not used to the constant ringing of your door or the diversity of images they will see when you open the door to those trick-or-treaters.
Unfortunately, Halloween can be a tough night for cats, especially black cats, as there are some unscrupulous people who use that night as an excuse to do heinous things to them. Keep your cats inside for a few days and nights before the big night, just to be on the safe side.
Are you having a Halloween party? There are some strange people who seem to believe it is amusing to get dogs and cats intoxicated, something your pets will not like. Even worse, it could kill your pet. If you catch someone doing that (either at your home or someone else’s), toss them out as their hurt feelings are a small price to pay for keeping your pets safe.
Here are some other tips to keep your pets safe and happy on Halloween:
- Do not give your dog or cat any of your Halloween candy, especially chocolate (chocolate is deadly).
- Keep the candy where your pet cannot get into it as wrappers can get stuck in your pets’ digestive tract, making them seriously ill or causing death.
- If you have a big dog – or a curious cat – don’t leave lighted candles or Jack-O-Lanterns where they could be knocked over by either of them. Not only could your pet get severely burned, it could cause a fire.
- If you are having an indoor party, put your dog or cat in another room where they won’t be disturbed or get underfoot and cause someone to fall.
- Be careful your pet does not slip out your door while you are passing out treats. One option would be to put them in a separate room with food and water (or specially made pet treats).
- If you insist on dressing your pet in a costume, determine in advance whether or not it will cause undue stress for him. If it does, don’t force the issue.
- If your pet is okay with the costume, and the costume comes with a mask, don’t use it. Even the pets that love to preen in their costumes tend not to like masks. If you insist on the mask, be sure it does not cover your pet’s nose nor confines its mouth.
Stay tuned for other tips to make your Halloween celebration a fun one.