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A Guide To Dressing Up Your Pet

Our pets are an indispensable part of our lives and a great way to showcase their unique personalities to the world is by dressing them up. This is also an opportunity to be creative and have some fun while bearing in mind that your pet needs to be comfortable in whatever they wear and that it should not be an impediment to movement or anything they like to do. It’s also an excuse to spend more time with your beloved pet! Here is a guide to dressing up your pet without causing discomfort or fashion blunders. 

Pet Owner Tips

Adequate Preparation Is Key

Most pets offer resistance the first time they are decked out in a costume or item of clothing because it isn’t natural for them. The key is to prepare your pet over a period of time to become familiar with the fabric and the fitting. Start with only a single item such as a cap, allowing them to wear it for a few days and positively reinforcing tolerance by giving them their favorite treats. 

When getting your beloved dog or cat to try out shirts or coats, leave them unbuttoned for the first several tries so that the pet understands the fabric is harmless and not a threat. Remember to never force your pet to wear an outfit they are visibly uncomfortable in. When buying or stitching new outfit pieces, always take proper measurements and keep the fitting loose. 

Functionality Is Better Than Aesthetics 

Many outfits like tuxes or masquerade costumes may look glamorous on a pet but they can also be very uncomfortable. Always be careful not to cover the mouth, nose, or ears of your pet so there is no accidental suffocation. Accessorized costumes like those with brooches, buttons, ribbons, or tags can also be a health hazard if your pet is not used to them and may chew them off or accidentally ingest them. When walking around with pets in clothing at night always try to use bright colors or reflective materials. 

Pet Assurances

Some pets are not made for clothing so gauging their physical reactions is very important from the offset as ignoring these signs can cause uncharacteristic behavior in your pet. Not to mention a pet can also be allergic to certain fabrics or they may exacerbate an existing skin condition. Observe closely for signs of troubled breathing or impaired eyesight along with checking if the pet appears downcast with their head hung low or is simply avoiding you and lowering their ears or tail. These are all signs that your cat or dog is scared and uncomfortable. 

How To Choose The Right Outfit/Costume 

Choosing the right costume for your pet is nothing short of exact science as you need to ensure comfort, safety as well as beauty. Here are some basics to cover when you are shopping for or stitching a pet costume. 

  • Firstly, it is vital to have fun with the costume and that means making it an uncomplicated and stress-free experience. Use simpler outfits that perhaps have brighter colors but fewer accessories or use safer and softer materials like a vegan leather dog collar. Whenever you are dressing up your pet, always use a warm, loving tone. Give them lots of cuddles and smiles so they know dressing up is something to look forward to. 
  • Many fabrics have dye on them that can get loosened by water, moisture from the fur and skin, or even sunlight and heat. Be wary of using cheap fabrics and materials or rough and irritating ones like nylon and wool. If you choose to dye the fur of your pet to make a statement, consult a pet grooming parlor to make sure the proper safe dye is being used. 
  • You and your pet can always match outfits! This has been a common and glamorous trend for many years especially in movies and it is one you can recreate in your life regardless of whether you’re taking a stroll in the park or going to an event. 
  • Be mindful of the weather. Your pet should dress in soft, light, airy materials in the warmer months and should have comfortable clothes in the winters as some types of wool do cause itching and dermatitis-like symptoms on pet skin. If you find that the weather is too hot and your pet is against full clothing you can always style their look with decorated collars or bandanas or a small scarf. Sometimes less is more! 
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