Who Rules Halloween? The Connection Between Black Cats and a Pagan Holiday

Black cats should be watched closely as part of Halloween pet safety

Many of us get swept up in all the fun of Halloween, but costumes and candy haven’t always been part of the tradition. Instead, the holiday originated in ancient times and included celebrating mortality with large feasts, fires, dancing, waking spirits, bedeviling night creatures, and other supernatural occurrences.

Today, most people are shopping for their Black Panther costume, but it’s worth noting that black cats have always been part of this seasonal, ritualistic event.


Boo! Halloween Pet Safety Tactics to Ease the Fright of the Night

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Autumn in Brooklyn is simply splendid. From the city’s finest craft fairs to parades and harvest festivals, every kid, grown-up, and pet can find something to do. While considerable time and energy goes toward having fun, it’s important to remember that the season’s biggest event also has the potential to be the most dangerous.

With Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital’s Halloween pet safety pointers, you can let the zombies, monsters, and witches have all the scares.

Taking It All In

The two main components of Halloween can seriously endanger your pet.

  • Costumes – Pet costumes (commercial and DIY) are all the rage nowadays, but a few things deserve full attention. Your pet’s airways and vision should never be restricted or compromised. Costumes must also allow your pet to move normally, eat/drink without problems, and go to the bathroom when nature calls. Costumes should never have loose or dangling parts, such as bells, bows, and ribbons. If your pet tries to wiggle out of the costume, a bandana, bowtie, or other festive accessory might be a better option.
  • Candy – To avoid chocolate or Xylitol poisoning, keep all candy out of reach. Candies containing raisins or macadamia nuts are also highly toxic. Plastic, foil, or cellophane wrappers can be enticing to pets, causing painful (and potentially expensive) gastrointestinal blockages. Lollipop and candy apple sticks can result in intestinal ruptures, necessitating emergency care or surgery.