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Is it cruel to dress up cats?

Last Updated: 5th June, 2020

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Blue Cross advises that, “as long as your dog is used to wearing a coat and the costume is comfortable this is usually a bit of harmless fun, but most cats won't enjoy being dressed up at all so it is best to be avoided.”

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Herein, is it cruel to put clothes on cats?

Cats pausing in place or yanking at the clothing are likely uncomfortable in the outfit and you should remove it. When an animal seems to tolerate donning an article of clothing, make sure the costume doesn't restrict their ability to do daily activities, like walking, jumping, eating, or going to the bathroom.

One may also ask, is it cruel to dress up dogs? The RSPCA is threatening legal action against people who dress up their dogs. The animal welfare charity claims that forcing pets to wear clothing could be harmful, and in some cases there may even be grounds to prosecute.

Secondly, is it OK to dress your cat?

Lets face it, most people dress their cats up for the simple fact that they look cute wearing them. While there's nothing wrong with doing this, cats may actually benefit from wearing clothes. Whether it's a shirt, sweater, hoodie or a cute dress, your feline companion may thank you for their new outfit.

Why do cats not like wearing clothes?

Since the clothes fit around their entire body, this makes them feel they are surrounded. The only sensible alternative to running into that something is to freeze, and to hope what ever it is goes away. This is also why many cats dislike being under the covers in bed.

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