What is the best thing to do with your cat during trick or treat time?


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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – my cat is terrified of the noise on trick or treat night – any tips on helping a cat to cope?



Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that your cat is afraid of the noises associated with trick or treat night and would like some tips.

Here are my tips.

First – before the festivities begin – place your cat in a room where he or she is happy, has food, water and a littterbox during the festivities. Turn on the TV or radio to help block out the door bell and other associated noises. This will help drown out the noises that may make your cat scared or nervous but also being in a closed off room for a few hours can keep your cat safe (as I've seen several cats escape out the door when scared or curious on Halloween).

Second, another option is to not participate. Not every one participates in passing out candy. I'm not advocating either way but that would be an option.

Articles that might be helpful to you are Things Pets Hate About Halloween and Keeping Your Cat Safe on Halloween

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.