Halloween is right around the corner.
While chocolate is as poisonous to cats as it is dogs, it is far from the most dangerous part of Halloween for kitties. Since cats do not have a sweet tooth and unlike dogs, they normally do not eat indiscriminately, it is rare that a cat dives into a bowl or bag of Halloween candy. Of course, there are those curious kitties that simply must try everything they find. Bottom line, keep Halloween candy behind closed doors.
More common Halloween dangers come from cruel and ignorant people, cats escaping through open doors and unstable/dangerous decorations.
Let's start with the human factor. For whatever reason, too many people still cling to the belief that black cats are 'bad luck' or are 'witches.' This is one of the reasons many responsible shelters will not adopt out black cats around Halloween. Of course, black cats are not the only ones that face cruelty from people around this holiday. It is very important for pet parents who allow their cats outside to keep cats strictly indoors in the days and weeks surrounding Halloween.
Hosting a Halloween party? A house full of people can be quite frightening, even to the most well adjusted cat. The combination of loud noises, people in costume talking all at once and the disruption of a cat's nighttime routine is a cornucopia of stress factors. Add to that trick-or-treaters and the constant opening and closing of the door. The result can be the perfect opportunity for a furry escape artist to bolt. Be sure to protect cats by restricting them to one closed-off room (complete with food, water and a litter box).
Finally, be mindful when decorating for the holiday. Exposed flames, climbable decorations and electric lights with cords may be irresistible - and dangerous to cats.
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