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Animals in Costumes: Cute or Cruel?

Animals in Costumes: Cute or Cruel?


It’s that time of year again, when young and old alike shed their everyday clothes and transform into someone or something new. But it’s not just humans getting in on the fun of Halloween, animals also don costumes – sometimes whether they like it or not.

Some pets certainly do like their costumes and the attention they get from them. If puppies are trained to wear clothing, they can easily adapt to it.

Pets in costumes cause many people to squeal in delight at the sight of a pug pirate or a lab police officer. Animals in costumes are adorable, and if the animal is okay with it, what’s the big deal?

But, undoubtedly, many animals can’t stand costumes. They’re itchy, uncomfortable and can even be a safety hazard.

Some people think dressing your pet up in costumes, even if they like it, is simply ridiculous and embarrassing for the animal. Dogs and cats aren’t Barbie dolls, after all – they’re living, breathing creatures.

What do you think – is dressing pets up in costumes cute or cruel? Take the poll below and voice your opinions in the comments.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:53AM PST on Nov 23, 2014

It is unnecessary!

1:08PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

I just watched animals in parade for a cause, it was a terrific cause to help animals,. In this instance I think it was great the animals had to be in costumes. But if a dog hates a costume or it presents a hazard then no it's not a good idea.

9:34AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

If the animals don't mind then I am all for it.

2:34PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

I dress my cat up for all sorts of events and I promise you it is not cruel. She waltzes around and usually feels warm so she falls asleep. If the costume is dangerous then yes it's cruel, but otherwise it's fun.

11:58AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012


11:39PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Some like it; others don't.

5:42AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

cruel and embarrassing

6:30AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

I know it's silly but it does make the party fun when your pet walks in with a party hat on. ; )

1:34AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Dressing dogs cats rabbits ad other animals up in costumes is Essential. Do you know how many animals are being saved from being easten by appearing really really cute. Chinese eat cat and dog on a massive scale with all the pictures going round on different sites they are now getting to see they are not for eating

3:39AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

We're not discussing clothes here. Of course it's okay to dress the animal if the weather is cold. We're talking about those frilly, embarassing costumes that idiotic owners make their poor pets wear to show them around as cute objects. That's just plain silly, offensive for the animal, and totally uncalled for.

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