Trick or treaters, scary movies, and get togethers are all things that make Halloween a blast for adults but can easily spook your cat! Be mindful of these three tips this year so that your cat can enjoy Halloween, too, this year!
Provide a sanctuary
Even mellow cats can become irritated and overstimulated when people come over for a party. However, having children ring your doorbell and shout “Trick or Treat!” can be just as startling for your cat.
Therefore, it’s always a good idea to have a room set aside for your cat on Halloween. Place food, water, and the litter box someplace quiet and away from your guests. Consider leaving music or a TV on to drown out the noise, and shut the door. Many cats go missing on Halloween when they dart out the door.
Be careful with decorations
Wispy spider webs and blinking lights on strings not only set the mood, but they look like toys to your cat. Keep them up high where your kitty can’t reach them, and be extra mindful of placement if your cat is a notorious jumper or climber.
Candles can pose a risk, too, for cats who like to watch their flickering flames. A sudden noise can make your cat knock the candle over, risking burns to themselves and fire to your home. If all you’re going for is the effect, opt for flameless candles instead.
Keep candy out of reach
Small, fun sized candy bars are the perfect size for a mischievous kitty to take when no one is looking. Even if your cat just wants a toy to swat around, they could accidentally ingest wrappers, chocolate, or artificial sweeteners. These can all lead to fatal veterinary emergencies, so it’s best to simply keep treats where your kitty can’t get to them.
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Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.