Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Holiday Advice for Pet Parents

The Internet always explodes this time of year with warnings about keeping your black cats indoors due to a rise in cat-stealing and abuse tied to the holiday. While there are no statistics that indicate this is anything other than an urban legend, all it takes is one kook who got that same mass-forwarded e-mail and decided he'd like to have a black cat as part of his Halloween decor. Why risk your cat of any color becoming the victim of a sick prank or worse? Keep your cats indoors around Halloween.

Maybe you're one of the many people who like to dress your pets up for Halloween. If your pets are willing to go along with it, just be sure that their costumes are safe, don't constrict their breathing or movement, and make sure your pets don't get away while dressed up in costumes that could get caught on something.

The constant ringing of the doorbell and people coming and going can cause some pets to become stressed out, and stressed out pets can be unpredictable. In addition, children in costumes might seem unfamiliar or threatening to dogs. Allow family pets to interact with trick-or-treaters with caution, if at all. And remind kids that even a dog who knows them well might not recognize them in their costume, so be a little careful even with familiar neighborhood dogs.


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