Unless you have an indoor cat, chances are that your feline loves nothing more than being out exploring the neighborhood. Some owners find that their cats only return home to eat, or for somewhere to escape any bad weather that hits. However, if there is one night of the year that you really should get your kitty indoors it is Halloween.
Halloween night may have a reputation for fearsome fun, but it also poses some serious risks to your beloved kitty. Here is why you should keep your cat indoors this Halloween.
She could become frightened
Your feline might seem like the most independent and chilled out cat in the world, but even she gets scared from time to time. Halloween is designed to be the scariest night on the calendar, so it is little surprise that your kitty might find being outdoors on this day a little overwhelming. Whether it is the hordes of people dressed in costume, the spooky decorations or the sounds and screams of people enjoying the festivities, her usually safe and reassuring neighborhood will suddenly seem ominous and dangerous. No caring owner likes the thought of leaving their furbaby feeling scared, so bring her indoors ahead of Halloween.
Your cat could become injured or unwell
Accidents and injuries can happen at any time, but there is little doubt that Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year for veterinarians. One of the reasons for this is that many animals, including cats become injured or unwell as a result of Halloween festivities.
Feline injuries on Halloween
Injuries most often happen when cats are stood on or run over by people and traffic. Your kitty might usually be street-savvy, but anxiety and fear could cause her behavior to become unpredictable. If she is running away from something, she is more likely to run or jump into the path of danger, whether that is someone who is walking past, or a vehicle on the road.
Another key cause of visits to the veterinarian on Halloween is choking. Many decorations and embellishments on costumes are very small, and the perfect size to become lodged in your cat’s throat, blocking her airway. These choking hazards can be life-threatening if emergency vet care is not achieved.
Feline illness on Halloween
Cats can become sick just like we can, but when it comes to Halloween, there is one thing that is guaranteed to make your kitty unwell – sneaking the candies. Most people celebrating Halloween have bowls full of candies and chocolate ready to give trick-or-treaters. However, these tend to contain Xylitol – a sugar substitute that causes an animal’s blood sugar levels to drop to life-threateningly low levels. Even a little Xylitol can make your cat sick very quickly, so it is essential that you keep her away from it altogether, and that your children know that they shouldn’t share with your cat too.
Another thing that your cat might try to eat but really shouldn’t is pumpkin. While a little freshly prepared pumpkin isn’t anything to worry about, pumpkins that have been left outside may be adorned in toxic substances and could already be rotting away. Eating these decorations can make your feline furbaby very sick indeed.
She could be targeted
No one likes to think that anyone could be cruel to animals, but unfortunately, we know that the opposite is true. Halloween tends to bring out the worst in some people, particularly unruly youths. It is not unheard of for cats to be targeted by individuals and groups on Halloween and subjected to torment, harassment and worse. Keep your cat off the streets and you know she is safe from harm.
If you are a caring and compassionate owner, bring your cat indoors this Halloween. For more advice and support on the best way to look after your pets during Halloween, please do not hesitate to contact our Kerrville, TX clinic.