It's almost time for Halloween; do you know where your cat is? Mischief is afoot on All Hallows Eve, and sometimes, innocently caught up in this mischief are cats, especially black cats.

Black cats are looked on by some people as a witches “familiar” It was believed long-ago that the black cat was actually a demon in disguise and if you destroyed the life of a familiar, you were granted peace within the rest of your life.

As the centuries passed, this notion was replaced with the one that a “familiar” was a psychic companion to the witch and provided a definite link to her. Upon destroying this link, you thus robbed the witch of her power. There are still some misguided people in the world today that believe this way.

There are other problems associated with this holiday that pose a danger to your cat. The unexpected loud noises of children banging on your door at night and showing up in costume is liable to send the most relaxed cat into a near panic attack. It is best to isolate the cat(s) into a room far from the front door, and leave a radio playing softly or a television on to distract her from the festivities.

Plastic bags that candy comes in are especially alluring to young kittens, and if a bag lands on the floor, a kitty could pounce on it get trapped inside and suffocate if you don’t happen to notice her in time.

The candy itself poses another danger, especially chocolate- as it is very toxic to cats and should be kept out of reach at all times.

If you do not contain your pet, you face the following threats to her safety: She could run out the front door and into the street. She could get so scared that she injures herself in her haste to escape the scary costumed children. If you are having a party of your own, a well-intentioned guest could accidentally let her outside where she will be confronted with all these costumed and noisy children and then she could bolt. If you are having a Halloween party, make sure the room she is in is strictly off limits to all the guests. Provide her with food, water and a litter box until the party is over.

It is important to keep your children safe during this holiday, but equally important is the safety of your cat. Please heed these warnings and have a safe and happy Halloween.

Written by Mary Anne Miller

Mary Anne Miller is a freelance writer, and member of the Cat Writers' Association. She is a web copy writer, and passionate about feral cats/kittens and bottle babies. You can read more by Mary Anne at her Feral Cat Behavior Blog.

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