he big challenge is getting an animal used to wearing the particular
costume item. Because the dog or cat doesn't familiarize with the
costume year-round, it represents something foreign. Some dogs
are generally used to wearing clothes if they regularly wear anxiety wraps or sweaters in the cold months. However, if they don't wear anything, the introduction of a costume will be
problematic. Shoes have
the same effect because
cats and dogs rely heavily
on their feet sensory system
to know their environment.
Costume booties make
that difficult and unnerving.
o build familiarity in a pet,
small items such as simple
harness wings or collar hats
make a good start. As the dog or cat gets
used to the accessory, additional costume
items such as a jacket or shirt can be
added. Just don't leave the
costume on the dog or cat
for long periods as the pet
will eventually start
chewing on the
material and items
given the chance.
hen a dog or cat is extremely fussy, attaching costume items to the
neck collar tends to be the better way to go. Flower garlands and goofy Victorian collars can
be tolerated by fussy pets because they think it's just part of the normal collar.
In terms of availability, dog accessories and costumes win, hands down. There are not a whole lot of items
available for cats because customers generally rely on dog costume accessories for their feline friends. Furthermore, cats tend to bite and scratch far more when they don't like something, as many a cat owner can attest to.
don't work well at all on dogs or cats.
Mainly, the problem is that the mask blocks eyesight and is
usually right against the nose, which is highly sensitive in
both animals.