Halloween and pet fun can include tasty treats

Halloween Pet Fun and Safety

Halloween pet fun is all about tail-oring celebrations for your furkid. Trick-or-treats can for instance, include teaching your dog a new trick (like playing dead since Halloween is all about that kind of thing) and making spooky pumpkin-based treats for your cat.

In this Halloween pet guide we’ll show you how to have fun with pets and keep them safe. Speaking of staying safe on Halloween, be sure to keep a spritzer bottle of hand sanitizer in your witch or warlock outfit if you’re taking to the streets!

Now, here’s how to celebrate Halloween with pets.

5 ways to have Halloween pet fun

We peeps sometimes make the mistake of thinking our fun is also pets’ fun, but this isn’t always true. For example, cats’ and dogs’ sense of smell and hearing are so good that if humans had them we’d consider ourselves to have superpowers.

For your pet, having such acute senses is great until they end up in a situation that results in sensory overload. Like, for example, when a bunch of smelly strangers (reads trick-or-treaters) arrive at your door and start hollering out.

This is why Halloween pet fun is about celebrating with your pet on their own terms. Here are five simple ways you can.

Halloween pet fun and safety is important

1. Make Halloween pet treats

Make pet-friendly trick-or-treats for your cat or dog using ingredients they love. We suggest wholesome pumpkin, carrots, beef, chicken (no bones) and more! Read our recipes for homemade cat treats and dog cake – aka Halloween deliciousness. You can easily upgrade these recipes for the occasion by shaping them like jack-o-lanterns.

Cats and dogs can both eat pumpkin; in fact it might already be an ingredient in some of the pet food you buy them. And since it’s a Halloween staple, when carving out your jack-o-lantern as a front yard decoration you’ll get a key ingredient for your pet treats at the same time!

Watch this video for an example of a DIY Halloween themed dog treats recipe:

2. Create a Halloween pet sanctuary

Make a safe space for your pet to enjoy during Halloween. When kids from around the neighbourhood arrive on your doorstep it can be fun for them and you, but less so for your furkid. For them, the excitement may lead to confusion, worry and panic.

Choose a room that’s as far away from the street and your front door as possible. Put your pet’s favourite toys and their bed in the ‘Halloween pet sanctuary’. Perhaps include a T-shirt you’ve just worn so they have your smell close by for comfort.

Create an even more relaxed environment by using a pheromone diffuser for pets. You can start your diffuser going a few days before Halloween so your cat or dog is well chilled by the time spooky ghouls start marching through the streets.

On the night of Halloween, consider playing some of your pet’s favourite music or nature sounds on low-volume to help cancel out sounds of trick-or-treaters. Or let them watch their favourite dog or cat tv shows. Read our article on pet safety and fireworks for more ways to make your pet feel safe during human festivities.

3. Choose comfy Halloween pet costumes

We may love seeing them dolled up to the nines but pets don’t always like dressing up, plus it can be risky. Fancy costumes can be unsafe when they limit movement, involve choking hazards or raise your pet’s temperature. Remember you or I can take our jacket off when we get hot under the collar, but pets can’t.

For this reason, if you’re going to dress up pets it’s best to do some good prep beforehand. Find out how to identify when your pet is hot or cold and what type of costumes are suitably safe for wearing (ie. no strings/similar that can tangle or bits and pieces that can fall off). And if you’re planning on taking photos of your pet in costume consider removing the outfit once you’ve taken your snaps.

Most importantly – always keep a close eye on your pet when they’re decked in their Halloween finest. A costume mishap prompted vet visit is not how anyone should spend this fun-filled celebration.

These articles contain more info about pet costumes and photography so you can make the most of your Halloween pet partner:

4. Wear a dog or cat Halloween costume yourself

While pets aren’t so into clothes (after all they already wear fur coats… well, most of them anyway – we’re looking at you, ugly cat breeds), a lovely way to celebrate them is dressing yourself up as a cat or dog.

If you’re stumped for outfit ideas come Halloween then cat and dog costumes aren’t just the way to go, they’re great conversation starters. And they show your pawsome side so they’re a fun way to honour your love for your own pets.

We love this cute cat onesie from Costume Party World that comes in all sizes:

Halloween pet costume

5. Keep Halloween pet food dangers away

Halloween is all about satisfying sugar cravings. Roald Dhal would have a field day writing about the weird and wonderful types of lollies we end up collecting, eating (and hiding). From pineapple lumps to peanut slabs, Halloween feasting is about eating way-too-many lollies from your basket of delights.

But for pets, this is a BIG no-no. Keep in mind that sugar, and chocolate especially, can be lethal to dogs and cats. Don’t leave any treats lying around where it’s accessible to pets. If you throw away candy or wrappers, make sure pets can’t access the rubbish bin. Dogs especially are more likely to do test tasters, and end up sick and possibly needing emergency treatment.

Read ‘is chocolate toxic to dogs (and cats)?’ to understand some of the danger around Halloween sweets and pets.

Pet insurance tail-ored to you pawsome pet

If your pet does happen to smuggle some candy or costume baubles down their gullet, get them to a vet for immediate attention. When you have easy and affordable online pet insurance, you won’t need to stress about the cost of getting medical treatment. Instead you can worry about your pet’s wellbeing.

Read how dog insurance helped Harvey the Schnauzer and click below for a fast and fair pet insurance quote.

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