Halloween is approaching and you may be thinking of an adorable costume for your cat. But before you dress kitty up as a pirate, step back and think about your cat’s personality. Cats tend to be a lot more sensitive and emotional than most dogs, which is why you see far fewer cats dressed up for Halloween than dogs. Here’s how to determine if dressing up your cat is a good idea and, if so, how to pick a costume that won’t send you to the hospital for stitches!
It’s All About Your Cat’s Personality
Some cats are more like dogs, with an outgoing personality, a need to meet every guest who comes by your house, and an insatiable desire for affection. If your cat is one of those more outgoing types who doesn’t scare easily, then it may be OK to dress her up in a Halloween costume, especially if she’s been used to it since she was a little kitten.
But if you have a more sensitive and skittish cat, you may want to think twice. Some cats shy away from too much contact and can get overstimulated really easily. If your cat isn’t the type to relish a lot of pets and if she runs and hides when the doorbell rings, you might not want to make her even more upset by dressing her up. Since it’s Halloween, you’ll likely get a lot of neighbors’ ringing the doorbell. So don’t make an anxious cat even more upset by adding a costume to the mix.
Consider How A Cat Interacts With The World
If you start to try to put a costume on your cat and she resists, don’t force it. You see, cats don’t just use their eyes to figure out what’s going on around them. They use their ears, their whiskers, their tails, their nose, their paws, and even their fur to sense the world and interact with it. A costume severely limits your cat’s ability to sense the world around her, which could be part of the reason that she freaks out. Just think about it. If you put a snug hat on your cat, she can’t hear as well and her peripheral vision may be limited. This would be enough to make anybody uncomfortable.
What Type Of Costume Is Best For Your Cat?
If you have a more outgoing and laid-back cat, and you’ve decided that she’ll be OK wearing a costume, you should still consider what type of costume is the right choice. Don’t choose a costume that’s made specifically for a dog and is more constrictive. Look for a costume that’s looser and won’t make your cat feel too overwhelmed. You might even skip the costume altogether and settle for a cute bow tie. Cats tend to get less upset about wearing a bow tie than an entire costume. And let’s face it, bow ties on cats are absolutely adorable!
Whatever type of costume you end up choosing, don’t leave your cat alone in a costume. A cat can get herself all twisted up in a costume – even a hat – and it can be dangerous to her! If you must dress your cat up for Halloween, keep an eye on her to make sure she’s safe, get your photos as quickly as possible and remove the costume so she can get back to enjoying her kitty life and you can post the pics on social media and everybody wins.