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The 6 Costumes Acceptable for Dressing Up Cats

For National Dress Your Pet Up Day, we present bizarre and brilliant cat costumes from Instagram.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Jan 14th 2015


It seems like it was only a month ago when I was ranting about those heinous folks who insist on dressing their cats up in hideous Christmas sweaters for the holidays. Well, maybe ol’ misery guts here has had something of a change of heart when it comes to the intricacies of cat costumery. I have since made peace with the idea that there are in fact a limited number of acceptable things to dress your cat up as.

That number is six. In honor of National Dress Your Pet Up Day, here they are.

For reasons known only to the guardians of the natural world, cats dressed up as predatory sharks just works.

A photo posted by Joe Mainville (@savoy6) on May 23, 2014 at 6:08pm PDT

The kilt might be renowned as an unintelligible piece of clothing design, but if you have a ginger kitty, then you have permission to let him don the tartan.

A photo posted by Sagan (@sagan_the_kinkalow) on Jan 3, 2015 at 6:50pm PST

In which this savvy kitty channels the appeal of the mythical unicorn, thereby teasing cat owners that there is a whole dimension out there that we mere humans will never be able to fully fathom. (My other caption was, “This cat’s got the horn.”)

A photo posted by @bre.olivia on Nov 2, 2014 at 2:31pm PST

Black cat as bat? Yep, that one’s allowed. Just post appropriate non-flight warnings atop the cat tower.

A photo posted by Gizmo & Annabelle (@redcarpetkittens) on Dec 20, 2014 at 3:24am PST

A meta musing on the often queezy cat costume industry, here your standard Domestic Shorthair pays homage to its fierce big cat lineage. Either that, or it’s been forced to sport an Ewok hat.

A photo posted by ÔÆÀÔôçÔÆ¥ÔÆÂÔôâÔÆ ÔôëÔÆ¢ÔÆ║ ÔÆ©ÔÆÂÔôë (@derpyz_bangel_cat) on Dec 20, 2014 at 8:07pm PST

Without knowing the technical details behind this shenanigan, I’m guessing here someone’s gotten creative with that temporary costume paint you can buy for dogs. Pikachu power!

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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.