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5 Safety Tips for Cats at Halloween

Updated on October 4, 2014
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

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How to Save your Cat from Halloween

Keep your feline friend safe on the big night of goblins, ghosties and ghouls.

I tend to hide out myself, the sound of kids shrieking "Boo!" gives me nightmares for weeks, but there are plenty of poor shivering cats out there who could suffer needlessly over Halloween.

In a selfless attempt to alleviate their plight, I heartily recommend that every person read these tips for Cats at Halloween. Just pay attention to these five basic safety rules and the whole family, cats included, can enjoy a happy Halloween.

1. No tricks or treats

You know those shiny foil wrappers that catch the light? They can do nasty things if you happen to swallow a bit, and you know perfectly well that chocolate itself is no good for cats.

Dogs are always the ones to get stuck into the chockie treat. Better keep an eye on them. And I mean really keep an eye on them, you have to be vigilant, you just can't trust well-meaning revelers these days.

Bear in mind that anyone misguided enough to toss a toffee to a dog, can just as easily coax a cat with chocolate. Don't let them! Chocolate is poison.

2. No decorations in reach

Keep those wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your cat. Please!

Lights look so tempting when they twinkle and flicker that it's very hard to resist playing with them. Kittens can't be let loose anywhere twinkling lights, and even a dignified cat like myself can have a senior moment. If you chew those lights, you'll end up with nasty cuts in the mouth. Those shards of glass or plastic are sharp when you crunch them!

I don't want to mention the deadly electrical shock, that's too upsetting to even think about. Dreadful.

3. No pumpkins

Do you have pumpkins for decoration at Halloween? Those carved pumpkins look really festive, especially when they have a candle inside.

I can tell you first hand about long swishing tails and candles getting knocked over! The horrible memory of a near tragedy in my kittemhood still haunts me.

I am older now, and much wiser in the ways of candles, but not all cats have the benefit of my intelligence.

4. No Silly Costumes

Please don't dress your cat in a costume UNLESS the cat is quite comfortable.

Let's be frank here, dogs usually don't mind wearing silly things. Most dogs are deliriously happy to look dopey if it pleases people while a cat, on the other hand, has far too much sense of self-worth to look foolish.

There are exceptions of course. You may be fortunate to have as your companion a cat who has so much elegance that a tasteful costume is acceptable. Make sure it's completely safe and your cat can get out of it fast.

Safe Cat Costume

If you must dress your cat in a costume and your cat is happy enough with the indignity, please get a safe costume that a cat can easily escape from.

5. Lock up your cat

The safest thing all round is to lock your cat up at Halloween.

Strangers coming round the house are stressful enough at the best of times but, if the front door is being frequently open and shut and noisy children are bouncing on the doorstep, don't be surprised if you end up with a semi-deranged cat. Why not do your cat a favour and put a sign on your front door asking children to knock gently? It's at least worth a try.

I recommend that your cat has a dedicated room with a small bowl of nibbly things and gentle music playing - far from the madding crowd.

© 2009 Vladimir

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    • tonybonura profile image

      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Some years back there were incidents of people's cats going missing around Halloween, and there were rumors that it was because of some Satan worshipers using them in sacrifices. The police denied any such happenings, and eventually the disappearances disappeared themselves. I have found that dogs seem more affected than cats do. They are more the guardians of the home.

      TonyB

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      javr 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good advice. Buster isn't as affected by Halloween as my dog, Meeka.

    • missbat profile image

      missbat 

      7 years ago

      As the owner of a black cat, Halloween can be a bit of a rough time. So we always make sure our buddie is locked safely in a room when the little trick or treaters stop by. Great tips!

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Wonderful suggestions Vladi.

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Good one Vladi! I can't stand halloween and I'm sure my animals feel that way too.Best to be safe than sorry.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is excellent advice for Halloween. I wonder if you have Guy Fawkes Night / Bonfire Night where you live, Vladi? That too is a good time for cats to stay indoors and for humans to stop and think about the welfare of the animals around them.

    • VladimirCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir 

      8 years ago from Australia

      @calendarsblog: Yoiks! A dead photobucket! Many purrs for the head-up

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Vladi - you are so wise! I am so glad you survived your near miss with a candle in kittenhood.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Such good advice Vladi! Misty Blue says Hello.

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Straight from the cat's mouth so we should heed these tips. Well done.

    • Mihaela Vrban profile image

      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      Who would ever think of this but a cat?! :) Well done!

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      ctavias0ffering1 

      9 years ago

      Excellent advice Vladi 5*

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