October 27, 2010

Cats and Halloween

Filed under: Halloween — Dr. Amber Reed @ 2:35 pm

While black cats are a ubiquitous symbol of Halloween, the holiday poses extra dangers to a pet cat and owners should be vigilant to protect their cats.  Apart from the obvious Halloween risk factors like fireworks and constant visitors, Halloween is also a time where cats, black cats in particular, face serious dangers including violence.

First of all, many local animal shelters and rescues have recently banned the practice of adopting black cats in the weeks before Halloween.  In the past couple of decades, black cat adoptions before Halloween have risen dramatically with many of these cats being returned to the shelter shortly after the holiday.  Obviously, adopting a pet cat for the sake of enhancing a costume or as an accessory to a haunted house only to return it within a few weeks is cruel behavior; but the fact is that this is often the least of a black cat’s problems.  During the month of October, black cats are often the victim of physical violence and torture and while statistics on the problem are lacking many vets recommend keeping cats indoors over the Halloween holiday.

Still, even without being subject to this kind of cruel behavior, cats face other risks during the holidays.  The constant explosion of fireworks in combination with the line of kids ringing the doorbell can cause anxiety in even the most well adjusted cat.  Loud noises and constant visitors will likely scare your cat into hiding.  Obviously its best to keep your cat inside on Halloween night but many pet owners go one step further by securing their cats in an interior room of the house.  This can shelter them from noise and keep anxiety to a minimum.  Finally, if you have trick-or-treating children in the house you must also take care to store candy away from your pets to prevent them from eating the candy and becoming ill.

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