Some cats don’t seem to mind wearing kitty clothing, while others simply have no patience for donning duds of any kind. My cats are somewhere in the middle.
Depending on their mood, they may willingly wear a holiday hat or a smart vest. Other times, they want none of that business and opt to shred my arm instead. I try and go with their subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle cues when I decide I’d like a costumed pic.
Halloween is quickly approaching and with the fall festivities come costumes for people and pets. Even cats! PetSmart asked Catster if we’d mind testing out a couple of their seasonal pet costumes and toys. I agreed, and set out to catch my persnickety cats in the mood for a Halloween photo shoot. I crossed my fingers, grabbed the cat treats and apologized in advance to my arms for any impending slice-n-dicing that may occur.
Of my three, Phoebe is the toy fanatic. She’ll latch onto a ball and bat it around the house for days. And when it lands under the bookcase, she’ll repeatedly look under the case and then at me, pleading for the precious toy’s retrieval. So, as expected, Phoebe had a blast with every single toy PetSmart sent our way. Here’s a little proof:
Cosmo likes toys, but generally only plays for a short time. Saffy can’t be bothered to un-loaf herself to do anything but waddle to the food bowl. She will swat at a wand toy and we make efforts to help her regularly exercise and play, but left on her own, she’d never initiate anything that didn’t result in something edible.
Overall, I’d say the toys were a success. There was a variety and two of my three cats actively showed interest.
PetSmart allowed me to choose from a variety of cat costumes, and I went with the Grreat Choice Fairy Tutu and the Grreat Choice PetHalloween Sailor Costume. The tutu was a glittery pastel dream. It fastened around the cat’s body using a band of expandable elastic and velcro. Easy-peasy. My cats didn’t put up a fuss when I put it on them, but I found it to be surprisingly small.
My Phoebe is only six pounds and it was too tiny to fit around her belly. I wound up fastening it around her chest. It was still very cute, but looked more like a cape or wings. Poor Big Saffy had no chance of wearing it anywhere but around her neck like a fancy collar. It was adorable, though. Although I didn’t officially use it as a tutu, I found it to be a very versatile piece that my cats didn’t mind wearing.
Now the sailor suit was another story. The cute kerchief was a snap — Cosmo didn’t mind it at all. Like the tutu, it was fastened with adjustable velcro. Now ask me about the hat. Go ahead. In general, my cats aren’t the greatest hat-wearers. I know some cats are — and that’s awesome — but mine usually become annoyed. I tried the shiny sailor hat on Cosmo and he was initially agreeable. It attached under the chin with velcro and there were ear holes. He wouldn’t let me poke his ears through the holes, so I didn’t push it.
After a couple of minutes, he let me know — in no uncertain terms — that he was ready for me to remove the hat. And I did, but not without getting a visible “thanks, but no thanks” scratch to the arm. So the tutu and the kerchief were a win with my three, but I think we’ll skip hats from now on. I know it’s Halloween and all, but I’d really rather avoid all the blood running down my arm.
Do you dress your cats up for Halloween? Tell us about it in the comments!
About the Author: Angie Bailey is a goofy girl with freckles and giant smile who wants everyone to be her friend. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, and thinking about cats doing people things. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that may or may not offend people. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.
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