While cats have always been associated with Halloween, this can be a stressful and dangerous day for our feline and canine friends.
We may think our pets don’t want to be left out of the party, but they do! Your pet may be the very, very rare exception, but dogs and cats do not like loud noises, boisterousness, having to dodge strangers or disruption to their schedule at all.
Pets are often panicked by the noise, lights and general mayhem which many humans seem to enjoy on holidays. Too frequently, these pets are lost or get hurt.
If you don’t have a holiday pet plan, you need to think about one – the sooner the better.H
Here are some of the things you need to think about:
- Keep your pet at home indoors leading up to and on Halloween.
- Parties are, generally, not a fun place animals. Find a room that will not be used, keep it dark and as quiet as possible. A sign on the door asking people to not disturb is a good idea.
- An escaped pet is not a treat! When the Trick-or-Treaters start, make sure your pet is secure – a closed room out of the way is best.
- And as a back up plan only, your pet should be properly identified. Microchips with your current information and an ID tag with their name and your phone number are the best methods – and should be present all year but now is the time to make sure the information is up to date. A current photo is good to have in the event that you have to make signs.
Enjoying Halloween is easier when you know you have done all you can for your pet!