In spite of the cat's traditional Halloween role it is unlikely kitty will want to take an active part in the event. Keep kitty inside and away from the front door. Every time that door is opened kitty has a chance to run outside. As a precaution, especially if you are having a party, keep kitty shut in a room with food, some toys and a litter box. Kitty may have taken that precaution on its own at the first doorbell ring and is already camped out under the bed. Your task: to add the food and litter box. A herd of young people tramping through the neighborhood yipping and screeching is terrifying for a cat whether it is used to being outside or not. Consequently, if kitty sees an open door, or is already outside, it may bolt off into the neighborhood and become lost. Even worse, it could run into the path of a car or be cat-napped. Cats should always wear an ID tag whether they are indoor or outdoor cats.
Keep black or tuxedo cats indoors during the run-up to Halloween. Most shelters won’t adopt black or tuxedos during October. This is because malicious folk have been known to mutilate torture and kill black cats in misguided attempts to emulate a perceived Halloween ritual.
Chocolate and candy, as always, need to be kept well away from kitty. Avoid letting a cat play with pieces of dropped candy, wrapped or otherwise. They could bite through and ingest enough to cause a problem or choke on the wrapper. Chocolate contains theobromine which could be lethal; the darker the chocolate, the more toxic. Many candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause problems too. If you suspect kitty has eaten something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435
Festive as they are, Halloween decorations may be a hazard to kitty. Although it’s relatively harmless, bear in mind pumpkin is used as a natural laxative for cats. Likewise, corn and corn stalks can be akin to eating grass. Lit Halloween decorations are a hazard if kitty decides to chew the cord or knock over lanterns containing candles. Keep these all out of kitty-reach.
Very few cats like to be dressed up. However cute you think kitty might look in a Halloween costume try to avoid the temptation and subsequent scratches. If, and only if, kitty really loves dress-up, proceed with caution. Make sure the costume is safe; no small pieces to be chewed off and swallowed, no chance kitty can strangle itself or otherwise become entangled. The costume must not restrict breathing or movement or bother the cat in any way and should be easily removable. If kitty shows signs of breathing difficulty, stress, fear or abnormal behavior, immediately and calmly remove the costume, put it away, calm kitty down and resign yourself to the fact kitty is a nudist.
Have a happy and safe Halloween.