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!
Here are some furry friendscurrently looking for their forever homes.
With the perfect companion, every Friday is filled with fun!
It happens to the best of us: forgetting.
Next Thursday is National Feral Cat Day. Wondering what National Feral Cat Day is? It was launched by Alley Cat Allies ‘to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.’ (from the National Feral Cat Day website). All over the country, various organizations have planned events to increase awareness, educate people and help these often-misunderstood kitties.
If you would like to learn more about feral cats, Cats in Tow ran a series of posts last year discussing several aspects of the feral cat issue. Click on the titles to read more: What to Do; First Step; Stray, Feral, Pet; The Feral Fix; Why TNR; Cat Colony Care; TNR: Humane Trapping; Colony Carer Help and More Help for Feral Cats. (all will have links)
Or better yet, get involved with National Feral Cat Day. Click here to find an event taking place near you. If you are in Orange County, the OCSPCA has organized a Feral Fix drive. Or contact your local rescue shelter to find out what you can do.
Feral cats are not wild animals. They have been domesticated by humans and need our help. What’s your plan for National Feral Cat Day?
Don’t miss the Cats in Tow Garage and Bake Sale Fundraiser tomorrow! You never know what exciting bargains you will find. But you do know that will be helping kitties and small dogs enjoy better lives. 100% of the profits of the garage sale will go towards helping cats and dogs find their forever homes.
PETSMART NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND KICKS OFF FRIDAY, SEPT 12 – SUNDAY, SEPT 14. Adoption Show Sat/Sun 12:30-4:30pm — wonderful cats all ready for their forever homes!
Reader question: do you have a system for naming your pets? How do you come up with your pet’s name (if they don’t already have one of course!)?