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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Anni-Elisabeth Johansen

It is unnecessary!

Penny B.
.5 years ago

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.

Christeen Anderson

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

Dagmar Breg
Past Member 5 years ago

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.

Molly S.
Molly S5 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Some like it; others don't.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

cruel and embarrassing

Back Again H.
Past Member 5 years ago

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

Elaine Robinson
Elaine R5 years ago

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

Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

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.