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5 Halloween Reminders to Keep Your Cat Safe

Reviewed by Dr. Alexis Seguin, DVM, MS, DACVIM on Friday, September 23, 2016
Posted September 23, 2016 in Cat Checkups & Preventive Care

Halloween is an interesting holiday. Also known as All Hallows' Eve, it is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October (the eve of All Hallows' Day or All Saint’s Day). Halloween has evolved to include any number of local traditions that many may not even be familiar with. Regardless of your traditions, there seems to be one common truth about Halloween: It can be a dangerous time for cats.

Fortunately, with adequate knowledge of the dangers, you can make sure you and your cat have a safe and happy Halloween night. Here are some reminders for protecting your cat from things that go bump in the night:

1. Keep your cat inside.

My advice is always to keep your cat indoors, but this is especially important on Halloween night. Unfortunately, not all Halloween activities are positive, and cats are especially associated with superstition. Don’t take any chances, keep kitty safe at home. Remember that if a frightening group of visitors appear, the cat may bolt through an open door or become hysterical and react aggressively. It’s a good idea to keep your cat behind a closed door.

2. Most cats don’t like parties.

Having guests over? Cats are not well known for their love of parties. Most are generally reserved, timid and startle easily. Make sure your cat has a private and quiet room to escape into before any guests arrive. Halloween Cat Inside

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Mike has more than 35 years of experience in companion animal veterinary practice and is a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2013.