We spend a great deal of time talking about costumes, ghosts and goblins, goodies and treats each and every Halloween. But what about our animals? Halloween can be a very stressful and upsetting time for our furry friends, and I wanted to give you some tips on how you can aid your most lovable pet buddy this witchy season.
Best practice is to keep your pets indoors during Halloween night. Safe away from firecrackers, pranksters, and even those looking to harm animals for fun.
With so many trick-or-treaters coming to your home for goodies and treats, both dogs and cats can become extremely stressed out. New faces in the neighborhood, loud noises, doorbells ringing. Keeping your pets inside is a definite MUST in order to keep them sane and safe. But what else can you do?
But what else can you do to ease your pet’s discomfort during Halloween?
Put your pets in another room.
Put your cat or dog in a bedroom or bathroom, someplace they can lay down and relax. Make sure they are comfortable and make sure there are enough treats, toys, food, and water. Turn on the radio or television as a distraction from all the commotion going on during the festivities outside. And above all, check on them periodically, providing lots of love and support in case your animal has separation anxiety.
Meet your Trick-Or-Treaters Outside
Grab a lawn chair and a blanket and your bowl of candy, sit outside to meet and greet all the little ones dressed in costumes. This way your doorbell won’t be ringing and you help keep your pets stress level down. This is especially good if you get lots of treaters throughout the night.
Put up a sign you have a dog warning others
Put up a sign warning your candy hoppers you have a dog. This will warn people and parents of youngsters that a dog is on the premise and should be treated with respect accordingly.
Keep candy and chocolate away from pets
Keep your candy away from your pets. Candy can make your pet feel sick. If you want to give your pet some goodies or treats then pick treats suitable for your breed of animal and when they behave after a guest shows up you can reward them for good behavior.
Black Cats Warning!!!
BLACK CATS should be kept indoors 2 days before and 2 days after the holiday of ghouls and goblins. Many people are superstitious of black cats, and many teens think it’s fun to use them as firecracker bombers. If you want your pet to remain alive then please (especially a black cat) keep your animal indoors.
For more information please visit the SPCA on how to keep your animals safe this Halloween and other great pet information.