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Halloween With Kitties

Halloween is just around the corner! This popular holiday just seems to keep getting bigger and bigger each year. However, Halloween does present a few specific dangers for our feline friends. If you have a kitty, you may want to take some steps to keep your furball safe, healthy, and purring this fall. Read on as an Isle of Palms, SC vet discusses Halloween with Fluffy.

Candy

Kitties often like the taste and texture of plastic wrappers, and sometimes try to chew them. This can be a very dangerous habit, as plastic is a serious choking hazard. Candies themselves are also a danger. Many sweets contain ingredients that are poisonous to Fluffy, such as chocolate, nuts, or xylitol. Keep that candy dish well away from your cat!

Costumes

While it may be tempting to get a cute costume for Fluffy, we generally don’t recommend dressing up your cat. Kitties are often frightened and constricted by clothing, and generally just prefer their own coats. However, you can get your furball a cute seasonal collar.

Weather

October can get chilly. Make sure your pet has lots of comfy beds to snuggle up in. Older kitties may enjoy heated beds.

Heating Elements

Candles, fireplaces, and heaters are all very dangerous to our feline friends. You definitely don’t want Fluffy accidentally sticking her tail in a candle flame, or knocking a space heater over! Burn candles in high, secure spots your pet can’t reach, and use protective grates and gates to keep your furball away from fireplaces and heaters.

Fur

Fall is a peak shedding time. As Fluffy exchanges her summer wardrobe for a winter coat, you may find quite a bit of pet fur around. Brushing your feline pal daily will reduce the amount of fur she sheds, as you’ll be trapping that dead fur in a brush before it ends up on your couch. You may also want to ask your vet about using hairball remedies.

Outdoor Dangers

We recommend that cats live indoors, as they are both healthier and safer staying inside. Even if you do let your feline buddy out, keep her indoors around the autumn holiday. Unfortunately, kitties are much more likely to be injured or stolen around this time of year.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Please contact us, your local Isle of Palms, SC animal clinic, today.

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