Cat still in Halloween costume ends up at Los Angeles shelter after biting his owner

UPDATE October 20 Gup has been adopted by Barbara Yabor and is being spoiled by a family who is absolutely in love with him! See photo near the end of this article.

This is the story of a cat who ended up at a shelter after biting his owner for dressing him up for Halloween. We have a happy ending, as “Gup” was adopted today. Apparently, the owner left the costume on him.

GUP was dumped at a shelter for biting

Gup was turned over to Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter on October 16. His owner stated the reason for being dumped was because the owner was bitten.

Why blame the cat? While some animals (cats included) don’t mind being dressed in costumes, cats are more likely than dogs to strike out when his/her owner does something the cat disapproves of.

photo courtesy Barbara Yabor

I’d like to offer a word of caution about dressing up a cat for any reason. There’s a nasty infection called cellulitis that can be life-threatening. Many cat owners have learned this the hard way. Always take care when doing anything your cat may disapprove of and be sure to seek medical treatment if you suffer a bite or scratch.

The Facebook post can be found here.

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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5 Responses

  1. Anne says:

    Barbara did not have her post available to the public, so I can’t even like it.

  2. Anne says:

    I’ve never tried to dress mine in a costume. I did get some onesies for Lucy last winter, but she didn’t like them and found a way out of them.

    As long as the cat doesn’t care, there’s no harm. However, I do not agree with dying the fur or those special cuts.

    So, for costumes or clothes, unless medically necessary, the cat should decide, and most won’t tolerate clothes of any sort.

    So clothes your cats at your own risk.

  3. I am so freaking happy,I know Barbara,she is a friend of mine and I just left her a comment,this is so dang wonderful,I’m smiling so hard my jaw hurts,lol.

  4. Jane says:

    Poor Gup, but he got a new home away from the idiot owner. Excellent.

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