Most of us pet owners like to include our furry friends in on all family activities and holidays. After all, they are a part of the family, so why would exclude them? While there are ways to include our pets, we have to make sure that above all else, they remain happy and comfortable during the events. Holidays are sometimes as stressful for our pets as they are for us, and it’s our job to help them relax. If you plan to include your cat or dog in on your Halloween festivities this year, please make sure to keep these following points in mind. Your pet will thank you for considering every detail in keeping him or her comfortable and safe.
Decorations, Pumpkin Candles, and Choking Hazards
Dogs and cats are often curious about new items appearing in the home or yard. When you decorate for the season, make sure they’re out of your pet’s reach. Sure, you can have a few decorations on the ground or floor, just make sure they’re durable and have no choking hazards. Moreover, when you place the candles in your pumpkins, it’s a good idea to use LED flameless candles. Even the most behaved pets can get excited and knock over a pumpkin. As most people rest their pumpkins on hay bales, an accident involving an open flame would not end well.
While dressing your animals is extraordinarily adorable and fun, it’s only enjoyable for some pets. If your pet doesn’t mind the costume, go for it. Just keep in mind that you want to keep his or her ears and eyes free of any distractions. If your cat or dog fights you or runs when you come walking in with a costume, don’t for him or her. It’s not fair to your pet and it can end up making your cat or dog extremely unhappy and uncomfortable. When animals feel like this, they tend to act out and not behave like their normal, friendly selves.
Snacks and Candy
We all know that dogs and cats shouldn’t eat chocolate or candy, but we might not think about the treat bowl placement or jumping abilities of a curious animal. Not only should the treats remain out of reach, but they should remain under close supervision at all times.
Parties and Strangers
Halloween party guests and trick-or-treaters can freak out even social animals. During peak times when traffic is high, keep your pets in a quiet, comfortable room. Brown Noise is great for calming down stressed animals, so consider playing this video while the door keeps opening and closing. Once things calm down you can release your pet into the congregation area to meet your guests. If you want your dog or cat to be with you when answering the door for the kids, be sure to get him or her used to strangers in the next few weeks. This may help, but if your pet is stressing out, you may have to call it quits and wait for next year. Cats may be better about this, but even social dogs don’t like a large number of strangers coming into their territory. It may take some time.
Make sure your ID tags are visible through all costumes. Even if you’re remaining home, be sure your pets have ID tags. High traffic means a frequently opening door, and your cat or dog is more likely to make an escape at this time. While we hope you never need them, ID tags are necessary for finding lost pets. Nothing ruins a holiday quite like a missing cat or dog.