Keep Your Pet Safe this
Have you thought about how it will affect your Pet?
Halloween is a crazy and fun time for humans, but for our pets it’s a completely different story – they can become confused and scared by all the different goings-on in their house. Parents are busier than usual making outfits for their kids, preparing food etc., and the kids are hyped up by all this activity. Their anticipation and excitement heightens as Halloween night approaches. Of course, everyone is so busy and pre-occupied with the preparations that our pet is often neglected at this time; they cannot understand what’s going on, why everyone is so excited, and they feel very confused.
So what can we do to keep our pets safe and secure?
1. Keep your pet in a safe place to avoid him getting stressed – as far away from the front door as possible; a back bedroom would be ideal, or an upstairs bedroom would be even better. Close the curtains to keep out the noises of the front doorbell ringing constantly and strange voices – people’s voices get louder when they are in party mode!
2. Pets can knock over lighted pumpkins, so they should be kept out of your pet’s reach. As we all know, cats are very curious and may want to investigate a lighted pumpkin and run the risk of getting burnt, so instead of using a candle, use one of those luminous sticks that glow in the dark – a great idea – and a lot safer, both for our kids and our pets!
3. Chocolate can be harmful to animals, so don’t be tempted to give your pet a “treat” just because it’s Halloween! Be careful where you put any plastic candy wrappers or cellophane, as your pet could be in danger if he swallows them. Remember – if you drop anything on the floor, it’s like a magnet for your pet. He will lick it up or try to chew it – and worse, even swallow it – so teach the kids that anything to be thrown away goes straight into the rubbish bin – out of harms way!
4. Party lights are very common on Halloween night so make sure all electrical cords and wires are well out of reach for the sake of both your pets and your kids. If your pet chews on an electrical cord, the result could prove deadly.
5. Some people act quite strangely on Halloween night and do things they wouldn’t normally do – it’s been known for people to steal animals on this night, and sadly, black cats are a prime target because of the superstition that goes with black cats. Some people will tease or even injure your pet, so keep your pets inside where they are safe and therefore cannot be the target of pranksters. Sadly, many pets are injured on this holiday in thoughtless and harmful pranks.
6. Kids want to take your dog trick-or-treating? Definitely not! The flashing lights and sounds of fireworks are very frightening to animals, and often cause them to run away to find a place to hide where they feel safe. Dogs may become uncontrollable, and may bite because of their fear. Cats should also be kept indoors at all times for their own safety.
7. If you have a pet bird, throw a cover over the cage to keep out the noise of the fireworks and the bright lights; they too can become easily stressed by it all.
It’s not only dogs, cats and birds that are afraid of the noise and flashing lights from fireworks on this night – or any night for that matter – the same applies to horses, chickens goats, etc.
The overall rule is basically to keep all animals contained in a safe place on Halloween night – for their own protection.
They look to us to protect them, so let’s not let them down.
Then you can enjoy Halloween night knowing that your pets are safe and sound!