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4 Tips for a CATastrophe-free Halloween

By Kara Bednarik

Halloween Cat Safety

Most people are aware of the urban legend that says crossing paths with a black cat is bad luck. This originated hundreds of years ago, but there are still those who remain superstitious. Around Halloween, all pets should be brought indoors, black cats especially.

The legend says if you cross or turn your back on a black cat it could mean death on the horizon for you. Sadly, black cats were tortured because the color of their fur resembled the color of night: the witching hour. Still to this day, black cats remain on Halloween decorations and as a symbol of bad luck. While there is no proof that black cats have anything to do with being the devil’s messenger, there is real danger for them in October.

Many rescue and shelter organizations refuse to adopt out black cats and kittens in the month of October out of fear that something, or someone, could harm them. Fear of the animals being hurt is not the only reason that these organizations keep potential adopters away though. They do not want to risk someone adopting a black cat for a costume, only to return it when the holiday is over.

Creating a Happy Meow-lloween for Cats

Even if you are not superstitious, it is still recommended that you bring cats of all colors indoors for a few days before, and a few days after, Halloween.

  1. Increased foot traffic. Halloween is a time for costumed trick-or-treaters to run the streets begging for candy which can scare your cats into hiding.
  2. Decorations can be dangerous. Halloween decorations are becoming increasingly popular. Wires, fake string spiderweb, and silicon body parts sticking up from pretend graves can be an accident waiting to happen for your curious cat.
  3. Deadly fall plants. Chrysanthemums (also known as Mums) are a staple in much of fall décor, but they are toxic to cats and dogs. Mushrooms also thrive in the damp fall environment. It’s important to keep an eye on your cat to monitor symptoms.
  4. Candy and wrappers pose problems. Just because your cat is inside doesn’t mean this danger disappears. While most of us know that chocolate is poisonous for pets, the wrapper is also cause for concern. If your cat ingests littered wrappers that could cause intestinal trouble.

Make this Halloween spook-tacular and safe for all members of the family!

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