Survey: Over 50% of Pet Owners to Take Their Pet Trick or Treating

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic

Autumn is here – and it’s the favorite season of the year for many people, for some particularly because it is the time when we celebrate Halloween! And if Halloween is a holiday near and dear to your heart, it only makes sense you’d want to share it with your four-legged best friend. Trick or treating is one of the most loved Halloween traditions, and this year, more and more pet parents are deciding to bring their pets to enjoy the fun of getting free treats (an activity all pets love, you’ll agree). 

According to a survey that Wag! conducted with the help of over 1,000 cat and dog owners across the United States, 59% of them are planning on taking their kitty or pooch trick or treating with them. For around 12% of them, this will also be the first time to go trick or treating with their pet in tow! The survey uncovered more interesting facts about how pet owners view the spooky season, revealing that 95% of surveyed people are looking forward to celebrating Halloween with their pets, with some big plans for their cat’s or dog’s costume – over a half of pet owners anticipate their cat’s or dog’s costume will cost over $25. Interestingly enough, the ideas for pet costumes are divided, roughly by half, with 50% of pet parents looking into superhero costumes for their four-legged bestie and 54% wanting to dress up their pets in a funny costume.

Even though no one can deny that celebrating Halloween with your pets is tons of fun, you shouldn’t forget to take safety precautions. Needless to say, there’s tons of chocolate going around during the holiday and chocolate is toxic to dogs, so be sure to keep a close eye on any treats your pet has access to if you want to avoid unfortunate scenarios and visits to the vet office. Also, make sure that the Halloween decorations in your home are pet-friendly, without any small, tempting pieces that could easily be ingested, and keep the decor away from your pet’s reach if ever possible. Finally, when it’s time to go trick or treating with your pet, be sure that you have a firm grip on the leash and keep your eyes on your four-legged friend: they might get spooked or anxious around people in costumes or loud noises and try to bolt from you. 

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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