Halloween can be a nightmare for cats. I have an indoor Siamese cat, Sasha who gets very nervous and frightened during thunder storms, fireworks, and on Halloween. Imagine Halloween from a cat’s perspective. It’s a night full of constant streams of unknown and scary visitors to your home, non-stop doorbells ringing, and loud scary noises from outside. As good pet parents, there are a few dangers to be aware of, as well as things we can do to keep our cat(s) safe and free from stress on Halloween night.
What dangers should you be aware of for your outdoor cat(s) on Halloween?
You should be aware that bad things can and often do happen to good cats on Halloween. Outdoor cats are often teased, tortured, and killed on Halloween. This is especially true for black cats. Unfortunately, some people hunt cats to terrorize torture and even kill on Halloween night. They either do it as a cruel prank, or as a member of a cult who kills cats for sacrifices. Also, veterinarians often see a rise in cat injuries and accidents on Halloween. More common problems for outdoor cats are poisoning, ingestion of foreign bodies or objects, trauma from car accidents, and eating candy.
What dangers should you be aware of for your indoor cat on Halloween?
Indoor cats tend to be more afraid of odd noises, strangers, and large numbers of unknown children than outdoor cats are. To avoid stressing your indoor cat, keep it confined to a room at the back of the house away from the front door. Leaving it loose in the house while the door is constantly open for trick-or-treaters increases the risk of it escaping as a result of panic and fear.
What should you do to keep your outdoor and indoor cat safe on Halloween?
Bring your outdoor cat(s) in the house. Do not leave it outside to be possibly killed, hit by a car, or tortured. Keep them in overnight on Halloween.
Keep your cat away from candy! All candy and wrappers should be kept out of your cat’s reach. No kind of candy is good for your cat, especially chocolate. Consequences of a cat eating candy can range from diarrhea, upset stomach to toxicity and even death.
As mentioned earlier, isolate your cat in a room as far from the front door as possible. Put plenty of fresh food and water in the room, as well as a familiar blanket, and a toy or two to keep its mind off of all the commotion going on in other areas of the house. Another good idea is to play some soothing music in the room or set the TV to the nature channel to keep it calm and entertained. You may want to put the litter box in the room also, if it will be confined for hours.
We know what we feel like when we are anxious or frightened, so do all you can to keep your cat(s) safe and happy on Halloween night and they will appreciate you for your effort and show of love.
Personal experience as a cat owner