Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween Is No "Treat" For Our Furry Felines!

Ahhhh Halloween!! That wonderful time of year where we can hear the leaves crunch beneath our feet, ghouls and goblins lurk around every bend, delicious candy and snacks are plentiful, who wouldn't like such a fun holiday? Well, I'll tell you who....CATS that's who!! (for that matter dogs too but that is something for someone else to handle since this blog is devoted to CATS!!)


Halloween can pose special dangers to our precious pets that we must be aware of. I did some searching this morning (well not ACTUALLY this morning, HA!!! that is your FIRST TRICK! Portions of this post originally ran in October 2009 and THAT is when I did some searching! Also at that time with  CAT CHAT being a newborn I did not know how to upload photos and NOW there are photos!) and found some good tips on Catster, these tips were presented by Karen Nichols.....I have taken the liberty to re-word/modify some of them in the interest of space. Let's "pawse" and reflect about these potential hazards:


1) Even if your cat is a social gadabout, do not let he/she out unattended on Halloween (or near Halloween for that matter) Black cats are in greater danger than many others due to some evil minds that want to expose them to awful "tricks" on Halloween.



2) Always make sure your cat is either microchipped or wears a collar (good rule of thumb for all year) but especially if he/she becomes "spooked" at Halloween and takes off for parts unknown.


3) CANDY IS A HAZARD!! That goes for candy wrappers as well. They can cause choking and chocolate can be toxic! Also candies that contain artificial sweeteners! Never, ever leave candy laying around unattended. Remember:"curiosity killed the cat"


4) Confine your cat to one room if you are hosting a party or when trick-or treaters are at your door.


5) Candles and lit pumpkins can be a hazard. Cats are naturally curious. Tails can be accidentally singed, fires can be started due to being knocked over. Opt for battery powered lights instead.


6) Watch wires and cords from electrical lights etc....the cat could possibly experience a life threatening electrical shock. You do not want a fried kitty!!


7) I am not overly enthused about dressing cats up for Halloween, but if you must please try the costume on he/she well in advance to see how well he/she handles it. Make sure the costume enables her to see, breathe, hear and move around comfortably. Never leave the cat unattended while still in costume.


8) Cats do not enjoy Halloween parades!! They are scary and are torture for your cat! Enter the cat's photo in an online photo contest instead. This also includes refraining from taking the cat trick or treating....the noises and extra stimulation are the purrfect invitation for the kitty to "exit stage left"


9) If you are leaving for the night leave the TV or radio on throughout the evening to distract the cat from outside noises that might be frightening to the cat.


Follow these tips to help ensure that you and your cat have a Halloween that is only full of kitty approved treats and totally trick-free!!

41 comments:

  1. Me and my mommy are grateful for your loving blog!

    xox

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  2. Wonderful post....thanks.

    We have never done Halloween at our house.....for the reasons you gave and other reasons.

    xxxxxxxxx

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  3. Great tips for having a safe Halloween!

    Any Halloween costumes for Cody and Dakota?

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  4. Admiral Hestorb, Cody and I are grateful for YOU! Thank you!

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  5. @Sammy and Andy, we are the same! xoxo

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  6. Priscilla thanks! I seriously doubt it. I have never done it (even when Bobo was alive) Bobo was very tolerant of me putting hats and such on him. Cody was completely intolerant of me even trying to put a birthday hat on him lol, I'm not even going to attempt it with him. He got pretty "spooked" with the hat (pun intended lol). If I decide to go and look for a silly hat or something for Dakota maybe....he gets very skittish though if he sees you asking something of him that he isn't used to. He backs up just far enough away from you so that you can't get him lol. I have two very well adjusted (NOT!! lol) babies....but we love them anyway!! :)

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  7. Aunty Caren,
    Hey....we missed your birthday! I hope it's still not too late to wish you a very Happy Birthday. As for Halloween, it's not an Aussie thing to do. So, we're safe and sound. purrr....meow!

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  8. I found your blog informative and fun. I've never been one to dress a pet, let alone a cat. They are too dignified to engage in such tomfoolery! I never thought about my black cat Bella being in danger, especially at Halloween. I don't let her out, but I'll be even more vigilant that she doesn't now.

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  9. We love Halloween at our house but are always very careful with the kitties! No costumes for them tho.

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  10. I love the picture of the cats in the pumpkin. So cute!

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  11. That's good advice fur sure, I always worry about all outside critters during Halloween.

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  12. Hi Caren and Cody,

    Thank you for such an informative post! We hope you have a great weekend. :)

    Your pals at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life
    http://animalsheltervolunteer.blogspot.com/

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  13. @Cat-In-Sydney, it is NEVER too late to say happy birthday!!! Thank you!!! I never knew Australia doesn't have Halloween thanks for the info!

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  14. Scrappy Grams thank you! It is so nice to meet you! Thanks for the kind words! I hope you will come back and visit again!
    I don't mind at all when others dress up cats/dogs in costumes I think it is so cute! It is just something I have never done...I am tempted to do it with our dog though!

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  15. cats of wildwood woods, I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!! I just don't want my kitty to be stressed...now our dog? That is ANOTHER matter entirely! (Kidding!!!)

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  16. thank you Hilary! Yes they are sooo cute!

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  17. Brian you are soooo sensitive! Oh yes the poor outside kitties!! I think they are smart enough to keep their distance, after all, they are smarter than we humans! :)

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  18. What gorgeous photos!! Thanks for the info :)

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  19. Fireworks are also terrifying for pets. In the UK we have Bonfire night on November 5th where we "celebrate" with a lot of explosions, the thwarting of the Gunpowder plot of 1605. This was when Guy Fawkes and his band of terrorists planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. (Nothing much has changed come to think of it!)

    This time of year is not a happy time for our pets at all :( Thanks for the well-timed advice Caren!

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  20. Better still, keep your cat INDOORS! I never go out. The shelters around here stop letting people adopt BLACK cats during October cos bad people use them in rituals and stuff. Love to you. xoxo

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  21. I know how horrible Halloween can be for cats. It's terrible, but my very first cat, I rescued him from being burned by a bunch of nasty kids who thought it was funny to burn a black cat on Halloween because they belong to witches. He survived, and did so for 15 years after that, but it was horrible to witness and I thank GOD every day I was there to save him from his death.

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  22. Great, concise information! The outside animals are indeed in danger, we can only hope they keep that distance. A suggestion for costume-lovers (the people;D) - dress your pet only for photos or for a short, supervised period. Otherwise, you can have some great fun with decorative bandanas on dogs! Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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  23. Miss Vicki thanks! you are most welcome and thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again!

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  24. Carolyn thank you for such an informative comment. I love hearing about holidays, observances etc in other countries. Yes fireworks are terrifying for our babies! I am glad you enjoyed the post!

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  25. Cathy that is soooo true! I know many shelters do the same. So sad that the world has come to that isn't it? Poor defenseless babies. I agree, keep the kitties IN!!!
    xoxo

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  26. Rachel that brought tears to my eyes. Thank God you were there to rescue that poor kitty. Wow and you had him for 15 yrs! You were truly sent there to protect him. Your comment killed me and I wish people with cats, black or otherwise would keep their cats inside!
    Thanks for stopping by and hope you will visit again!

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  27. CindyLu so happy to meet you! Your advice was RIGHT ON! I love when you said to just keep a costume on for a few minutes and for our doggies the bandanas are a wonderful and SAFE solution!!
    Thanks for visiting and I hope you will return!

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  28. Woo!... Thank goodness we don't celebrate Halloween over here. Although me during my bad PMS week is pretty scary. Thankfully my kitty dosen't have to put up with me during that time! LOL :)
    P.S I belong to a group on Facebook fighting to stop animal cruelty and some of the things I have seen on there, I am disgusted by the depths cruel humans can sink to.

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  29. Alittlesprite lmao about the PMS!! I was the same! Send me a friend request on Facebook, and let me know about the name of the group. If I am not already a member I will join. My facebook name is Caren Osrin Gittleman

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  30. These are excellent reminders. My biggest challenge is the wrappers. Phoebe loves to eat them and with kids and Halloween...wrappers are plentiful!

    We just have to remember to give them extra kitty treats!

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  31. Angie thank you! You touched on a point that is one of my many obsessions! Cody has his litter and all in our extra room where my husband keeps some of his "stuff". My husband is forever leaving little bits of paper, wrappers. dental floss picks and various other "kitty dangers" in the room, like cough drop wrappers too. I am obsessed with tiny little wrappers, all wrappers and run around like a lunatic trying to pick them up before Cody does!
    Thanks for reminding ALL OF US about the wrappers!

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  32. Great blog! My cats are indoor only. One reason I don't hand out candy is that they would be stressed out with all the strangers coming to the door, even if they were confined to one room. I just leave my porch light off on Halloween night, and that way, my two kitties and I enjoy a peaceful evening.

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  33. Yes that's true.. halloween is happy day..
    so custom my cutie with :)

    note: don't make cutie furry uncomfortable

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  34. Oh yes, very timely for kitties at Halloween. I did a story on pet safety a few years ago for the San Francisco Chronicle....

    http://articles.sfgate.com/2006-10-21/home-and-garden/17317007_1_black-cats-halloween-animal-welfare

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  35. @Joel thanks much and I hope you will be visiting again!

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  36. @mom2acat thank you and I think your idea of just leaving the porch light off is a great one! Unfortunately a lot of kitty owners have kids (I don't have little kids) and they can't do that. In that case I would just put the cat/kitties in another room with the door closed but your idea is perfect for those with no kids!

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  37. Nick I just read your article and I think it is extremely informative! I never knew that Elvira was a huge animal advocate! I was so happy to read that. She doesn't even do the Elvira "schtick" anymore does she?
    Thanks for the link to read such a great article, thanks for visiting and I hope you will pop in again!

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  38. You're right. Lot's of us doggies don't like Halloween either. Lot's of strange & scary people trying to breach out perimeter.

    I'm glad it's just one night a year!

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  39. Oskar? I am going to sound like an idiot but what is "breach out perimeter?" Or...if Oskar didn't subscribe to comments if anyone else reads this and knows can someone please share that info with me? :)

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  40. I had my Puddy Cat for 15 years after I rescued him. He and I were best friends. I was the only human he would trust and had issues with agression but I could always calm him down. Towards the end of his life and the calmness of old age began to wear at him, he became the most loving, caring, cuddly little guy ever. Slept under the covers, under my arms all night. He died in June 2005 in my arms, safe and sound and finally at peace. I have his ashes, his collar and his bell still. I miss him and love him. I look forward to seeing him again across the Rainbows Bridge.

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