It is easy to find Halloween costumes for dogs, as dogs are a bigger market for clothes. Cats are really not into wearing clothes whereas dogs are more receptive to their owner’s wishes and ideas, so it makes sense to target dog owners for pet clothing. However, there are many cat owners who like doing unique things for their cats. While cats do not like clothes, there are some options to give kitty a special look for Halloween. It is best to get kittens used to clothing, or accessories at an early age. This way they are more likely to put up with it during adulthood if they were trained at a younger age and less likely to hurt themselves trying to get the clothing off.
Please do not simply buy small dog clothes for your cats. Dog clothes often pull over all four feet and around the body – cats hate that and it is cruel to force them into something they really do not like. Keeping all this in mind, here are some ideas for kitties ranging from the experienced dresser to the total novice.
Halloween Ideas for Cats That Are Harness-Trained
Angel harness by Meow-Wear (www.mymeow-wear.com) $ 12.99 for female kitties
Show your sweet kitty’s angelic personality with this angel harness, perfect for the good side of Halloween. It comes in sizes small/medium or medium/large. It features bands of blue tricot knit with silver starred wings and a pink metallic dot print skirt.
Here comes the bride harness by Meow-Wear (www.mymeow-wear.com) $ 10.99 for female kitties
This harness (not designed for restrained) features ruffled trim with shiny pleather accents and a sheer skirt. Neck and girth bands are adjustable with hook and loop tape. It comes in sizes small/medium or medium/large.
Tux harness by Meow-Wear (www.mymeow-wear.com) $ 12.99 for male kitties
Here comes tuxedo kitty! Perfect for the handsome tom cat, this black and white harness features adjustable neck and girth bands that are adjustable with hook and loop tape. It comes in sizes small/medium or medium/large.
Halloween Ideas for Cats That Are Used to Accessories
Hooded bath towel by Meow-Wear (www.mymeow-wear.com) $ 12.99 Unisex
How can a bath towel be Halloween wear? Well, what better way for a cat to dress up for Halloween than be a mouse – and this hooded bath towel does just that. It features a mouse-face hood, complete with ears, embroidered face, and whiskers. It comes in sizes small/medium or medium/large. Since this item does not close, you can add your own velcro closures for kitties that are used to clothes. For those who aren’t, you will be able to at least take a picture of your cat in costume.
Supercat adjust to fit collar by Meow-Wear (www.mymeow-wear.com) $ 7.99 for male kitties
Have your kitty be a superhero for Halloween with this red collar and yellow cape combination. The cape is attached to the collar and features a “SC” emblem.
Halloween Ideas for the Novice
If you cat is not used to wearing anything other than a plain collar, you can still dress him or her up for Halloween. Some options are adjust to fit collars or stretchy collars that have embellishments. Meow-Wear offers several adjust to fit collars suitable for the occasion, such as Nine-to-Five (a collar with dress shirt collar and fish necktie), Fresh As a Daisy, and Wild Thing (leopard look collar trimmed with faux fur).
Halloween Ideas for Cats That Are Used to Clothes
The Sophisticated Cat Luxury Boutique (www.thesophisticatedcat.com) has a section called “holiday” and in there you can find “real” Halloween costumes, like lions, lady bugs, witches, frogs, elephants, and more. However, these are recommended only for cats who have been trained to wear clothes and are already used to them.
Never let your cat outside or leave unsupervised in the house while it is wearing clothes or accessories. The latter especially applies if there are other cats, pet, or kids in the household.
Don’t leave the clothes or accessories on too long, and after you take them off, make sure to praise and reward your kitty. After all, clothes are a human thing.