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Halloween Reminder September 22, 2006 8:50 AM

Hello everyone, we are coming up on the month of October that is a fun month for many however, there are those out there that don't have good intentions and especially towards black cats. Some people view black cats as being evil and they will kill black cats especially in the month of October because of black cats being associated with witches and well they are viewed as the witches evil tool...That is not my belief, I am not that shallow minded...So if you are owned by a Black Cat for there safty please keep them indoors.....

That is how I am owned by a black cat because Ebony was abondoned and was roaming the streets he was terribly emaciated and sick and he was stealing the next door neighbors dog food when I saw him. I took some soft food out to him and he came to me without a fuss and he ate and started to love on me afterwards, cats they know what there doing lol, and so I figured it was 2 days before Halloween and I should bring him in for safe harbor. I had no intentions on keeping him, I figured I would just put food out for him on a daily bases outside well low and behold he fell madly in love with me, as I him and he has never even wanted to go outside again..... Please keep your Black Cats safe this halloween especially a few days before Hallows Eve and Halloween....

Many Blessings,

Waya Yonega

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 September 25, 2006 9:27 AM

Great reminder!  [ send green star]
 September 25, 2006 9:29 AM

Halloween Safety Guide - Halloween Safety Tips for Pets  [ send green star]

Attention, companion animal caretakers! The ASPCA would like to call your attention to these common-sense cautions that’ll help keep your pets safe and stress-free this time of year.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are ingested.

3. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4.  A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not obstruct her vision in any way. Even the sweetest animals can get snappy when they can't see.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and become lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you. 

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