When the air grows cold, and the fog rolls in, we know that another Halloween is upon us. While we may want to spend the weekend getting our spook on, our pets may have a different idea. This Halloween we also have the unique experience of being stuck inside with our pets. For this reason, this year has the potential to be your pet’s favorite Halloween ever!
Keep Them Inside!
Even if your pet can’t catch COVID, you will want to keep them inside on Halloween. Unfortunately, many people have harmful intentions on Halloween night. Animals, particularly black cats, may be injured or even killed by rebellious teenagers. Make sure all doors are closed, and always accompany your dog on potty breaks.
Create a Safe Haven
Halloween can be overwhelming for pets. Oftentimes, trick-or-treating children and neighborhood parties create a loud environment. Make sure your home feels safe, comfortable, and most importantly normal for your pet. Keep lights fairly low and do not disturb their typical lounge spots. Avoid scented candles, as these are known to create respiratory problems in both cats and dogs.
You can decorate as long as the decorations do not interfere with your pet’s daily functioning; in fact, you can even have some fun with it! Your cat will love batting your Halloween decorations. Make sure they’re not too heavy; long, hanging cloth decorations are perfect for playful kittens!
Dress Them Up!
Like children, our pets can dress up for the holiday. Costume and department stores sell costumes especially for cats and dogs. Your pet may not love to wear clothes, but an unobtrusive costume can be fun for both you and your pet. Try it on them in short intervals. Remember that kittens and puppies will be more receptive to wearing costumes sthan older pets!
Watch Your Snacks
While delicious, Halloween food is rarely pet-safe. Treats with chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol are toxic to cats and dogs. You can eat your treats, but keep them away from your pets. If you want to give your pet a seasonal meal, give them some canned (unsweetened) pumpkin. This is both tasty and healthy for your beloved furry friend!
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