October is not just for dogs with National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and October 22 designated by Subaru as Make a Dog’s Day - cats have a few special days of their own this month. For example, National Feral Cat Day falls in October, and National Cat Day in the United States, which falls on October 29.
Why this special designation on that particular day? Founded by Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige, who also founded National Dog Day, National Puppy Day, and National Pet Day, this day celebrates cats and their importance in our lives. Rescues and shelters are encouraged to bring greater awareness of the need to adopt cats, and people are encouraged to showcase their furry feline friends with photos across social media.
The American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates more than 3.2 million cats and kittens enter U.S. shelters every year. Of that number, only about 5 percent of strays are reclaimed by their owners and more than 850,000 are euthanized. Many live out their lives at no-kill shelters. There is greater need for increased cat adoption.
The end of October is often a scary time for cats and other pets, especially for those left outdoors. Halloween brings out a lot of spookiness, including threats to black cats. Some statistics show an increase in animal cruelty during this time of year, and because black cats are surrounded by myth and superstition, companion animal groups caution pet owners to keep their cats (and dogs) secure during Halloween. Whereas some countries and cultures view black cats as “bad,” others feel the opposite. In fact, England and Scotland are known
to see black cats as lucky instead of unlucky.
No matter what type of pet you have, keeping your beloved furry friend safe is key during Halloween. Just opening the door for trick-or-treaters can cause your pet to run out the door. Therefore, keep your pet in a secure room while dishing out candy. Sweet treats eaten by dogs and cats can cause healthy
issues; therefore, put the yummy treats out of reach of your pets. For more Halloween safety tips, visit this ASPCA web page: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/halloween-safety-tips.
October is not only a time to keep your animals safe, but also a time to celebrate the joy dogs and cats give us. These special days and months should help us remember the amazing ways companion animals impact our lives and give us reason to honor and celebrate them each and every month and day. Spoil your pet in a special way today … and remember to keep them safe!
It’s that time of year again, time for warm pumpkin-spice lattes, glowing jack-o’-lanterns, and fun, spooky costumes. Halloween is here, and though the day and evening should be fun, it can also be frightening, especially for our pets.
Our dogs and cats can become more scared than be scary during this time of year. Between haunting music and flowing, glowing costumes, our animals may end up being more frightened than Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween!
The number one thing we can do to help our pets at this time of the year is to keep them safe and secure in our homes. With the doorbell ringing constantly by trick-or-treaters, the front door opening, and the get-ups those munchkins wear, our pets can bolt out the door in fear. So, keep your furry friends safe in a room in the house with comfortable bedding, familiar toys, and maybe some soft, soothing music playing.
Other ways to keep your pet safe on Halloween include:
Read more Halloween safety tips from my blog last year here: http://www.gaylemirwin.com/blog/archives/10-2017.
Watch a video created by the American Veterinary Association here: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/halloween.aspx.
October is drawing to a close, and that means Halloween is on the horizon. While most kids, and many adults, enjoy this time of year, our pets can become agitated, frightened, even lost.
Here are a few safety tips to help your pets during the next few weeks:
If you decide to dress up your pet for Halloween and have the time to create a costume, here’s a link to a cute DIY strawberry costume, complete with instructions: https://www.berries.com/blog/strawberry-costume-diy#dog.
I once dressed Cody, my cocker spaniel, as a fireman – I thought he looked cute, but he didn’t seem very impressed with the idea!
For additional Halloween pet safety tips, visit http://www.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/evr_multi_halloween_safety_tips.
May you, your children, and your pets enjoy a safe, stress-free Halloween!