October is the month of crisp autumn weather, beautiful leaves, and Halloween frights – and what’s the scariest fright of all? Cats being unprotected! Ack!
That’s why October is the purrfect time to encourage discussion surrounding animal protection and safety. All cats need protection, and this month we are focusing on not only helping our cats at home but also reaching out to at-risk groups like shelter cats, homeless or community cats, and black cats (who are thought to be at-risk around Halloween). There’s no act too small when it comes to making the world a safer and gentler place! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter this month as we share additional content and resources to improve the lives and safety of cats.
Cats at Home
One of the easiest and most important ways to keep your cat safe is to make sure they’re always wearing ID! A snug-fitting collar with an ID tag in addition to a microchip is the most surefire way to keep your cat from getting lost. Always be sure to keep your cat on a secure harness when outside, or build a secure catio for their outdoor enrichment needs.
Cat-proof your home against toxins like antifreeze, pesticides, cleaning chemicals, and medications, and this list of poisonous plants. Don’t leave around cords, loose threads, yarn, strings, or dental floss (which are all dangerous to ingest). Put together a pet disaster preparedness kit, like this one from Merial’s “Paws to Save Pets,” and check out this Cat CPR Guide from Cat World.
Our “Happy Safe Cat” blog post provides even more ways to keep your cats safe this month!