While fur color doesn’t matter to us felines, to some humans, it means a lot. My fellow felines with black fur have to deal with a lot. Black cats are the last cats to be adopted in a shelter, and there are foolish superstitions that they are bad luck. It is interesting to note that in many countries, black cats are considered good luck! This makes sense. How could you take a look at a wonderful cat like Lincoln, for example, and think he is bad luck?
Halloween may be an especially challenging night for black cats. I am a big advocate of keeping felines like me inside at all times. Indoor only cats live a lot longer, and we will not get exposed to the diseases that outdoor cats can get. But on Halloween, black cats should not go outside. Many black cats go missing on Halloween due to pranks or far worse. While there is no evidence that this is because evil humans search for black cats to do horrible things to on Halloween, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Whether the problem is real or just a case of humans letting their thinking get ahead of the facts, many organizations have stopped allowing black cats to be adopted around Halloween, just to be safe.
And whatever the color of your cat, make sure you take a few precautions on Halloween.
- We can get startled easily by the strange costumes humans wear this day and the many strangers that come to our house. So make sure you keep us in a safe place where we cannot run out the door that will be opened a lot.
- If your feline tolerates you dressing it up, make sure you use non-toxic and non-flammable costumes that we are comfortable in. My human does not have this option because I will not allow him to dress me up!
- Do not allow us to get into the candy you give out. Chocolate is poisonous to felines, and beyond that, diabetic cats like me should not get sugar.
I hope that you have a very happy Halloween and that you keep your felines safe.
There are many things that are not fun about being a diabetic cat, but there is one thing that I am grateful for. My human has always kept me inside, and does not let me outside to roam. That means I do not have to worry about getting exposed to the elements like many of my fellow felines do.
And when we felines get exposed to the elements, one of the places we like to go is under the hood of a car. Think about it. A car engine remains warm for a while after the engine is turned off, and the hood protects us from the wind, rain, snow, and other elements that make it difficult for us to get comfortable. So for many of my fellow felines who do not have homes and have to survive outside, a car engine is a very attractive place to stay.
Sadly, what appears to be a great place to settle down for the night can be a very deadly place. Many of my fellow felines lose their lives or are severely injured when a human starts the engine of a car without knowing a feline is inside the engine. Costly repairs to the car may also be necessary if this occurs.
This is why it is best to keep your car in a garage where felines and other animals cannot get into the engine. My human tells me, though, that many humans do not have garages and even then, we felines can find our way into them.
In order to be sure you do not accidentally harm a feline or other small animal, humans can take a few simple steps:
- Honk your horn
- Thump on the hood
- Wait ten seconds before starting the car to allow animals to escape
When I think about what my fellow felines who live outside must deal with, I think it’s not so bad to be a diabetic cat with a human that cares for me. Please do what you can to keep these outdoor felines safe.
In the United States, more pets are lost around the Fourth of July than any other time. Animal shelters see spikes of around one third in the number of lost animal calls. Unfortunately, only around 14 percent of pets who are lost are returned to their humans. For any pet, this is bad news. But for a special needs pet, such as a diabetic cat like me, this can be deadly.
You might think that dogs are the only pets who really get lost, because they are allowed to roam outside and escape when the fireworks start. While dogs are more at risk, many cats are lost too.
So courtesy of Catster and Petfinder, here are some tips to keep your felines from getting lost on the Fourth of July. That way you can enjoy the fireworks and we’ll still be at home when you are done watching them.
- Keep us inside. For my human, this is no problem. Jacey and I are indoor only cats. And with the mourning doves on the balcony, we don’t even get to go there! But some of you human have indoor outdoor cats. For the Fourth of July, especially when the fireworks start, make sure we are inside and can’t escape.
- Give us a safe room. We felines do not like loud noises. And if it’s loud for you humans, just imagine what it is like for us, with our much more sensitive ears! So give us a room where the windows are closed and the door is shut, so that the noises we hear will be somewhat muffled. And if you have guests, make sure the door to this room is closed and nobody comes in.
- Make sure we are easily identified if we get lost. Microchip us, tag us, or take a picture of us. If we get lost, you’ll be glad you did this. Jacey has a microchip but I do not, but my human thinks he will get me one the next time I visit the humans in white coats.
- If you are having guests over, play with us before the strange humans arrive. We will be much more calm if you do this. And recruit their help, by asking them to not let us out of the safe room and to keep an eye on us to make sure we don’t sneak out.
If you do this, you won’t have to deal with the shock and stress of trying to find a cat who got scared and got lost. It is especially important to remember this if you have a diabetic cat or other special needs cat. Diabetic cats can’t go too long without their insulin, and other special needs cats have similar concerns.
But with a few precautions, both humans and felines will enjoy the Fourth.