This article from SFGate.com outlines many helpful tips to keep pets safe during the holidays. The author identifies many areas of concern, like costumes, foot traffic, holiday food, and decorations. On the topic of supposed black cat abuse on Halloween, the author says: "While there are no statistics that indicate this is anything other than an urban legend, all it takes is one kook who got that same mass-forwarded e-mail and decided he'd like to have a black cat as part of his Halloween decor. Why risk your cat of any color becoming the victim of a sick prank or worse? Keep your cats indoors around Halloween."