Autumn has officially arrived! As the stores fill with pumpkin-flavored everything, you may find your kitty acting friskier than usual. Cats often get a bit ‘zoomy’ on those first cool days. Just keep Fluffy’s safety in mind. There’s almost no end to the ways your feline buddy can get into trouble in fall! A local Hudson Valley, NY vet discusses Halloween cat safety below.
For many people, candles and potpourri burners are a must when it comes to decorating for fall. Keep those cinnamon-scented candles in spots your furry pal can’t reach. Wall sconces are a good option for these. If you light a fire in your fireplace, put a grate before it, so Fluffy can’t accidentally get singed.
One reason that autumn is so dangerous for cats is because of chemicals. At this time of year, many people are filling their cars with antifreeze and treating their lawns and gardens with fertilizers. These toxins can make kitties very, very sick, and can even be fatal. Don’t let Fluffy go near any hazardous spills or areas.
Halloween is particularly dangerous to kitties. The increased traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular, is one concern. Plus, many Halloween trappings, such as candies and small/sharp decorations, are either toxic or are choking hazards. Black cats are especially at risk, due to old wives’ tales associating them with witches. Even if you do let Fluffy go out, play it safe and ground her that week.
This is really the biggest thing you can do to ensure your cat’s safety. Fluffy may enjoy chasing after chipmunks and falling leaves, but she’s better off watching them from her favorite window seat. Between the cold weather, shortened days, and issues we mentioned above, your feline pal is definitely safer inside!
Fluffy will likely sleep through a good chunk of autumn. Actually, kitties sleep even more than usual when it’s cold and dreary out. Give your drowsy furball plenty of warm, cozy places to choose from. You may also find your pet wanting some lap space as you’re relaxing at home. Rainy autumn nights are perfect for relaxing with a good book or movie, a hot tea or coffee, and a purring cat!
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