FALL SAFETY TIPS
for your cat!
The leaves are falling and the nights are getting chilly- soon it will be Halloween! Here are a few tips to help keep
your cat safe & secure during Trick-or-treat season!
If you have school-age children, don’t be impatient if your cat seems to be demanding more attention from you these days. Kitty had gotten so used to having everyone around during summer vacation, and may be feeling a little lonely now that the kids are back-to-school. Give your cat a little extra attention!
BLACK CAT OWNERS BEWARE:
If you happen to share your home with an all black cat or black of some sort keep a close eye on your pets, as there is a disturbingly high incidence of animals of these colors disappearing around Halloween.
DO NOT give pets of these colors away “FREE TO GOOD HOME” this time of year. Believe it or not, there are people out there who will “sacrifice” animals of this color in their All Hallows Eve Ceremonies.
HALLOWEEN CAN BE A SCARY TIME FOR CATS:
Halloween can be a really fun time of year for you but remember, your cat doesn’t really understand what is going on around him!
These very sudden changes in the household (ie. Decorations, odd clothing, creepy music, and lots of excitement) may really seem scary or threatening to your cat! When it’s Trick-or-Treat time, most cats prefer a quiet room and a favorite toy or blanket.
CAUTION WITH THE FRONT DOOR:
Be very careful with the front door on Halloween night! With that front door opening and closing so much, it would be so easy for a cat to quickly escape and possibly get injured or even lost!
You found a great costume for your cat. Seems like a cute idea, but if your cat HATES being dressed up don’t force the issue! This can really stress your pet. Also, if that cute cat costume fastens with rubber bands, be absolutely certain that they are all removed when the costume is taken off (as mistakenly left on rubber bands can quickly burrow into the cat’s skin and cause irritations or can get caught up and be very hazardous to your cats health).
CANDY ON THE FLOOR:
Unattended loose candy on the floor can become a choking hazard or potential foreign body to you pet! Be careful to put it away in a safe place.
Be extra careful if you have candles lit around the house. They can be easily knocked over by your cat. Your cat can also burn itself or singe it’s whiskers if it gets too close to the candle!
BLACK CAT SUPERSTITIONS:
It is considered bad luck to pass a black cat after 9 pm.
In North America, it is bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. In Ireland and Britian, it is the opposite.
The Scottish believe that a strange black cat on your porch brings prosperity.
A black cat seen from behind foretells a bad omen.
If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it.
To reverse the bad luck curse of a black cat crossing your path, first walk in a circle, then go backward across the spot where it happened and count to 13.
If a funeral procession encountered a black cat, another member of the family would soon die.
A bride will have a happy married life if a black cat sneezes near her on her wedding day.
Black cats have special powers and abilities.
from Cats Vet