Halloween and Pets, High Anxiety
Here’s what can make pets anxious around Halloween:
- Getting dressed up in costume – some pets love it, many do not.
- Changes in routine – nothing is routine about Halloween.
- The goblins and witches, and they noise all the kids make – even running around the neighborhood.
- The doorbell constantly ringing, and all the commotion.
- Increased household visitors that may not look like people.
So, what do you do about it?
Limit pets’ exposure to excess commotion.
Locate pets into a room (like your bedroom, a second bedroom, den or basement) and close the door.
- Turn on calming music.
- Plug in pheromone diffusers, Adaptil (for dogs), Feliway for cats.
- Distract the pet with food dispensing toys or food puzzle, toys you can stuff treats into, for example.