Cat Halloween costumes are fun. There’s no question about it. Some may ask why anyone would ever dress their cat in a costume, whether for Halloween or cosplay, but the short answer is it’s pure entertainment. Dressing your cat also ensures you have plenty of material for social media networks such as Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. Photos of cats in Halloween costumes often go viral and it’s easy to see why. They look cute and adorable and it’s all good-natured, harmless entertainment. Or is it? Is it possible that cats absolutely dread Halloween and their owners who struggle to affix wigs, helmets and other head gear to their feline crowns? Surely, cats don’t feel the need to accessorize their divine qualities. But if cats have joined forces against the litany of consumer markets that target pet owners with mini-cat-sized versions of Princess Leia headpieces or lion mane wigs, cat owners don’t seem to be aware. According to a report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) Halloween sales for 2015 are expected to outperform those from previous years, with sales for pet Halloween costumes included. One look at retail giants such as Target, Wal-Mart, Petco and PetSmart and it’s clear that there is a strong consumer market for dog and cat Halloween costumes.
But do cats enjoy dressing up and if not does it matter? Should pet owners force their cat to wear costumes against his or her liking? Maybe that depends on where your cat will wear the costume and the level of discomfort your cat displays. Before choosing costumes for your cat, you may need to consider your pet’s temperament and determine how long your cat will wear the outfit. You should never allow your cat to wear a costume for any length of time that will result in your pet becoming distressed or agitated. If you are seeking the perfect photo but your cat is an unwilling participant, try waiting until your cat is well-fed and sleepy. You might have better luck putting a costume on an already contented cat and snapping a few social-media worthy photos as your cat begins to doze off. Trying to wrestle a cat into a pumpkin or hot dog costume when he or she is already a bit hyper and excited might prove disastrous, and result in a scratch or two. If your cat just isn’t feeling the whole costume thing, you might want to settle for a decorative and festive Halloween bandana, bow tie or even a fancy collar. These are great options for cats that simply aren’t having anything to do with a full body Halloween costume.
When trying to take perfect Instagram, Twitter and Facebook photos of your cat wearing his or her Halloween costume, make certain that your cat is comfortable. Carefully measure your cat before purchasing costumes and make certain that the costume is not too tight, doesn’t obstruct your cat’s breathing or vision, and doesn’t pose a safety threat. Your cat should feel comfortable at all times while wearing his or her costume. That doesn’t mean that he or she will necessarily like the Halloween garb, but by making sure your cat is comfortable, you can rest assured knowing any fight your cat puts up is due to the idea of wearing a costume and not the costume itself.
Popular Dog and Cat Halloween costumes for 2015 listed in order are as follows:
- Hot Dog
- Batman Character
- Bumble Bee
- Star Wars Character
- Bow Ties, Bandaas and Fancy Collars
How about you? Will you be dressing your cat for Halloween this year? Are cat Halloween costumes a part of your holiday festivity? Do you find that you are spending more on pet and cat costumes each year? Does your cat like to dress up or has it been a battle of wills? Feel free to leave your comments below. Don’t forget to check out the entertaining video above.