In general, a cat doesn’t have a sweet tooth but that doesn’t mean she won’t try to swipe a piece of Halloween candy. Some cats have developed a taste for sugary foods from having been offered them by their cat parents. Additionally, some cats may initially be attracted to the wrapper and then will attempt to eat the candy when playtime is over.
Be diligent about keeping the bowl of candy for the trick-or-treaters out of your cat’s reach just to be on the safe side. Most cats won’t even both with it but why take the chance when it comes to something that could be so harmful if ingested?
- Chocolate is deadly to cats.
- Candy wrappers, if ingested can cause choking or a blockage.
- Certain-shaped candy or hard candy can cause choking.
- According to WebMD, Xylitol (found in gum and many candies) can cause an increase in insulin in the body and can also lead to liver failure.
Pam Johnson-Bennett is the star of Psycho Kitty airing on Discovery UK. She is author of seven best-selling books on cat behavior including Think Like a Cat: how to raise a well-adjusted cat – not a sour puss. Think Like a Cat has become known as the cat bible. Pam is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting. In addition to her television series and public speaking engagements, Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, a private veterinarian-referred behavior company in Nashville, TN. Cat Behavior Associates offers private cat behavior appointments on a limited basis. Pam Johnson-Bennett is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant.