Happy Halloween, Kittehs! Listen Up!


What cat doesn't love Halloween, the holiday that starts and ends with TREATS!?!

Unfortunately, the ASPCA is aiming to put a damper on your fun with the following safety guidelines. So, convince your people to give you a can o' tuna, a bag of Party Mix, and go hide in a closet until the fun is over and you've gained two pounds. 

Here are a few of the fun-free reminders adapted from the ASPCA:

1. No people treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your cat has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Cats will get over the trauma of a Snickers-free Halloween if you ply them with lots of freeze-dried shrimp, real live fresh dead tuna, and Party Mix. 

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens like Banzai (who gets his nose into EVERYTHING) run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be Stress-up. Please don't put your cat in a costume UNLESS you know s/he loves it (or at least, doesn't detest it too much). For cats who prefer the Lady Godiva look, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. And, never let your cat run around in a costume unsupervised. 

6. Do not take your cat to an in-store pet store costume contest. There are only about 3 cats in North America who are comfortable with dozens of barking dogs slobbering up their butts. Yours is not one of them, I guarantee it.

7.  Strangers are scary, even when they aren't dressed up as clowns. Keep your cats in a separate room away from the front door during trick-or-treating hours. Not only is the noise stressful, but cats can get spooked and bolt out the door, and get spooked even further once outside.

Create a pleasant, quiet retreat for them. Put a cat movie on, fill 'em up with lots of freeze-dried shrimp and Party Mix, and toss in all their favorite toys. Believe me, they will not miss the shrieky, screamy, terrifying clowns.

8. IDs, please! Always make sure your cat is chipped and has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost (which happens a lot on Halloween), a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you



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Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at CatScouts.com.

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  1. Furry good advices!



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