Halloween can be a fun event for families and their pets. However, if you don’t take the correct safety precautions, it can also be very dangerous for our wet-nosed furry friends. Let’s take a look at some life saving tips that can help your pet this Halloween!
Keep your cats inside
According to Pet Health Network, “If your cats aren’t already indoor-only cats, be sure to keep them inside on Halloween night, so they are not terrified by all of the scary Halloween trick-or-treaters. With lots of scary noises and children in costumes shouting “Trick or Treat,” even indoor cats can become frightened. Many pets are lost each Halloween when they get scared and dart out of open doors, so keep your cats safe and away from the commotion by keeping them in a back room.”
Another thing is to consider is to make sure your cats have a collar with an ID tag. It’s always a good idea to make sure all info is updated and all info is not worn off the ID tag (if it’s old). If your cat hasn’t had a microchip implanted then you might want to consider it in case your furry friend runs away. Always better to be over prepared than underprepared.
Halloween Decorations and Fire Hazards
If you like to decorate your home in the Halloween spirit, take into consideration what you're putting on display and where the decorations will be placed. Easy-to-reach decorations — or candles — can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking, foreign body ingestion, electrical shock and even burns and a household fire. To be safe, make sure all decorations are safely out of reach of all pets.
Keep candy out of your cat's reach
Halloween candy can be very dangerous for cats, especially chocolate and xylitol! Most people think this is something only dog owners need to worry about, but unfortunately, cats can eat candy too. Most people know that chocolate is extremely toxic to pets but few people know that candy sweetened with xylitol, like sugar-free gum, can also be very dangerous. Xylitol causes insulin release and low blood sugar levels and can lead to liver failure. Be sure to keep all Halloween candy away from your pets. Every last piece of it. You know how curious your cat is and you know they can open the wrapper. (Cats are experts at that you know) If your cat manages to steal and eat candy, immediately call us right away or take your cat to The Emergency Animal Hospital of Colin County (214) 547-9900.