Cats Wearing Clothes

by Elisa Black-Taylor
(USA)

Pamela's Castlepaws Logo

Pamela's Castlepaws Logo

Pamela's Castlepaws Logo Castlepaws suspenders to hold cat diaper A Castlepaws walking vest Mynwood Walking Jacket (UK based)

For those readers who haven't noticed, there are a lot of cats wearing clothes these days. Their photos can be found on various websites as they model their kitty outfits. Lorenzo the cat is perhaps one of the more famous of the online cats wearing clothes.

I won't go into Lorenzo's story. You can find plenty of info about him online. He appears to have started a trend among cats.

I can't imagine putting clothes on any of my cats. At least not without coming away with some serious injuries. There are times when cat clothing is necessary and times when its done for vanity by the owner. A "my cat is better dressed than your cat" mentality.

I came across www.castlepaws.net through one of my friends. I was searching for an escape proof cat jacket so our recovering Sealy can go on outside walks. There are many cat jackets on the market, but I needed one where there no risk of his escape as he's probably a feral who would be glad to be rid of us if given a chance.

I choose to group cats wearing clothes into two categories. Necessity and vanity. We all know the vanity line. Silks and satins and bedazzling jewels and the like. I can do without those myself. If you want to dress up your cat, then it's your personal business. Good luck with that one.

Castlepaws.net is owned by Pamela Martin of Prosperity, S.C. This isn't far from where I live and I've ordered a cat jacket for Sealy from her. I admire Pamela. She has turned her love of cats into a profitable business doing something she loves.

Many of her products are those necessary for a cat to live a comfortable life after being diagnosed with a serious illness. Incontinence is a horrible condition for a cat to be faced with and just as taxing on the cats human companion. Pamela makes products to be worn by the cat (or dog) to enable the animal to live as close to normal a life as possible.

I would even go so far as to say cat pajamas and coats may be necessary for some breeds to be comfortable in the winter. The Sphinx breed would likely appreciate the warmth of flannel pajamas after getting used to wearing them.

My daughter and I have a little white mutt named Darla. Darla is "fragile" in the winter and loves to wear sweaters and pajamas. Meaning she gets cold easily. I plan to order her a pair from www.castlepaws.net next winter.

From what I've read cats are a bit more finicky at wearing apparel. Some even lay down on the floor and play dead.

I expect this is what will happen when Sealy receives the cat jacket I've ordered from her. The vest is made from cotton and secures under the neck and belly with velcro fasteners. A D-ring is sewed onto the back to attach a leash. I had to send Pamela the neck and waist measurements for Sealy. He didn't mind me taking them. I hope he enjoys his vest because it means he can go outside for walks. The jacket cost is under $20 and shipping is free in the U.S. International shipping is available for $17.50.

I hope everyone will check out her website, which is also tied into sales on Ebay.

For those of you in the U.K. looking for a cat jacket, www.mynwoodcatjackets.moonfruit.com may tick the box. Maria Harrison is the owner of this business. Again, we have another cat lover who's turned her love of cats into a business. She offers her product for a price similar to Pamela Martin and ships worldwide.

I chose to order locally for two reason. The first is it's a local business and the jacket will arrive quickly being she's only a short distance from me. Second is because Pamela contacted me back through email and we chatted about what size Sealy would need. Email support is very important these days. I hate it when I message someone and it takes days to hear back. It makes me afraid to order from them.

Are any of the readers into dressing up their pets? If so, how did they react the first time. I kind of want to know what to expect. My guess is Sealy will need to wear his jacket a couple of days before venturing outside in it. I don't want to spring too many new experiences on him in one day.

I hope these two websites will be of interest to the readers here. I'm sure there are many more out there. I'm so glad there are cat ladies who will put their time and effort into creating custom garments for our cats. I definitely will trust these more than a "one size fits most" approach.

I'll have an update on Sealy after he goes for his first walk. Hopefully he'll agree to model his new clothes. Three of the photos I've used in this article are from the Castlepaws website and were used with permission from Pamela. The fourth is a Mynwood jacket photo.

Elisa

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Mar 21, 2012
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Thanks for an informative article. Great job.
by: Anonymous

Thanks for an informative article. Great job.


Mar 20, 2012
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Monty used to wear a sweater
by: Ruth (Monty's Mom)

When Monty was still a kitten he would get really cold going outside. A friend gave me a dog sweater and it fit Monty, so I would put it on him when he went out in the cold weather. Some friends laughed at me, putting a sweater on my cat. What's funny about that? Without the sweater he would shiver, with it he would be able to stay out longer. Now that he's older his coat seems thicker and he's got a lot more subcutaneous insulation too. He wouldn't fit in his sweater anymore, I'm sure.

Initially, whenever he went outside, I had Monty on a leash and harness. Like Sealy, he was feral, and I just didn't know what he would do, and there were a lot of gaps in the fence he could have gotten through, with me not being able to follow. I was afraid of losing him. Now we have all the gaps in the fence closed and a removable section added between the house and garage, so I don't worry about him running off. He never tries to go over the fence.

Monty never had a problem with wearing his harness or his sweater. He used to purr when I'd put the harness on him because he knew it meant he'd be going outside. He has now made it clear he has no use for the harness, so I don't even try to put it on him anymore. Sometimes he even gets annoyed if I go outside with him. He wants me to watch him from inside the back door. He'll look to see if I'm there, but sometimes if I come out he asks to go in. He's asserting his independence, I guess, and it's just a drag to have mom around too much. Until he needs to eat.


Mar 20, 2012
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I am interested
by: Michael

We often see dogs in clothes for practical reasons - cold weather when going outside. Small dogs with short coats might need protection in cold weather when going for a walk.

There is no reason why cats can't have the same comforts when the circumstances are right.

Cats generally have dense coats but some don't. And some cats with short coats go out a lot in cold conditions.

I think cats get the short end of the straw too much when compared to dogs. It may be because they are generally quiet and less demonstrative.

That said, it seems to me that people tend to dress up cats more than dogs just because they like to do it.

Thanks for the article, Elisa.



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  2. I am going to try the cat diaper in the hope that it will help my cat with his marking/urinating problems. He is very territorial and his urinating has now increased to almost all the time he sees another one of my cats, I have 3. So right now he is isolated in the basement & I am hoping the diaper will work so he can come back living with the rest of us. I was told it work, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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