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Halloween Safety Tips for Cats

Halloween is such a fun time of year--but it's not exactly your cat's favorite holiday! Together we can keep cats, especially black cats, safe. Please share our tips to help everyone prepare for a fun Halloween!

1. Keep your cats inside

We always recommend keeping your cats indoors, and microchipped, no matter what.

On Halloween night, it’s best to keep your cats in a safe, quiet room. You don’t want your cat to be scared by the doorbell, firecrackers, the sound, or sights of unfamiliar people wearing costumes and masks, or to accidentally slip out the door.

2. Decorate with Care

Opt for LED tea-lights over candles. Ensure your costumes and decor aren't easy for your cat to get tangled in, or accidentally ingest.

It may be hard for your cat to tell the difference between Halloween decor and their favorite cat toys!

3. Keep Candy Far Away

To be safe, keep the candy bowl well out of the reach of your cats and other pets.

If you think your pet has eaten something dangerous, contact the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

4. Skip the Cat’s Costume

Everyone loves to see the variety of fun pet costumes available in stores! Your cat, however, may not be the biggest fan. Avoid any clothing that will restrict your cat's ability to move or use their senses freely.

For most cats, we advise you to skip costumes altogether to reduce stress and promote a calm evening to enjoy your kitty’s company! If you insist on a costume for the holiday, never leave pets unsupervised while dressed up!

5. Don't Forget The Community Cats!

Feral cats are smart, and know to stay away when trick-or-treaters are roaming. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on your community cats before and after the Halloween holiday with friends and neighbors to ensure all the cats are safe and sound.

Have a safe and Happy Meow-loween!



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