Halloween is a time for Merriment
Pets: Cats and Dogs
Cats (ahem) are not dogs. Although this situation is so patently and incontestably obvious, it bears stating. Why? Perhaps there are, as some assert, dog-cats. Dog-cats are felines exhibiting enough of the people-pleasing behaviors expected in canines, that they have earned their own informal sub-species nickname. Instead of arrogant disregard for the human food-giver-person, these cats actually perform a few endearing or cooperative behaviors. Is your cat a dog-cat? Halloween may be the perfect time to test the furry feline.
What is there about Halloween that spurs on the increasing phenomenon (or marketing strategy) of pet stores to encourage pet owners’ indulgence and anthropomorphizing of their little buddies. Spelled out: this means Halloween costumes and contests for dogs and cats. Yes, it is sad but true. If you don’t believe me, visit your closest pet needs provider. Near us, a store is holding a Dog and Cat Halloween Costume Contest. (Nonetheless, I am sure that a ferret, bunny, or guinea pig could enter and receive honorable mention.) Judging will consider the creativity of the costume PLUS its match to the dog or cat’s personality.
Enter our family. I decided to challenge myself by making each of our three wonderful cats a costume and trying to photograph each before he or she escaped its confines. Also, I will not cheat by photo editing a costume onto a cat.
Well, we know that The Goddess is not a dog-cat. She is not even a cat, in her opinion. She is a celestial sacred spirit living temporarily in a petite, yet perfect, furry body of a feline gymnast.
Sammy is a cuddly peace-loving big fellow. He is the quietest of the three. Of the three, he is the most cooperative with claw trimming. We think he has aspects of the dog-cat personality.
Skeeter. Take the personalities of “D.C.” from the Disney movie That Darn Cat plus the Tramp from Lady and the Tramp and you start to approach Skeeter’s vibe. Yes, I would say he has much dog in him, especially mischievous puppy dog.
Cat Halloween Costume Ideas
After living with these wonderful friends for a while, I feel competent to make costume suggestions to match their personalities.
First, The Goddess. She could be a Witch, but a glamorous one with sequins on her garb.
Not a Happy Cat
Next, her son, Sammy. I am tempted to dress him as an Angel because he is so consistent at avoiding trouble. Also, white angel wings* would look good against his patches of white fur. But, I feel, an even better costume would be a monk, such as Friar Tuck from the Robin Hood legends. A soft robe over a plump body – he has the plumpness, so we won’t need any artificial stuffing. I think of those men of the cloth as peace-loving and not bossy.
Finally, Skeeter. Should he be Peter Pan? Curious George? (MyGuy can be the Man with the Yellow Hat!) Robin Hood as portrayed by Errol Flynn? Toussaint L’Ouverture? I lean towards Curious George after slurping energy drinks. However, I am not up to the challenge of stuffing Skeets into a snug monkey-sock costume.
The Photo Shoot
Here they are. It turns out that supplying a steady flow of Greenies™ treats did wonders for the cooperation of the subjects.
Goddess Glam Witch Cat Costume
Sammy the Cat Costumed as a Monk
Skeeter Cat is Robin Hood
Our cats will not take home the prizes
I will not bother taking our kids to the pet store contest. They will neither hold still nor retain their Halloween trappings long enough for any outside judge to view them. It is just some fun for us (or maybe just me.)
Our neighbor has a sweet little dog with a full wardrobe. I’ll tell her.
(* Are angel wings always white?? Who started that tradition and how did they know for sure?)
Photos and text copyright 2011 Maren E. Morgan.
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on October 27, 2011:
Aaah, our Skeeter loves us so much that he won't plot our demise. The other two..... I'm not so sure. That's why we keep the bedroom door shut! haha
Yvonne Spence from UK on October 27, 2011:
I’m very tempted to show my daughters these photos when they get home from school because I know they will love them, but my two cats are threatening me with multiple lacerations if I do!
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on October 17, 2011:
Shelley, you are most welcome. Anytime we can smile - go for it! Hugs!
Shelley on October 16, 2011:
This made me smile :-) Enjoyed reading it and loved the pictures! Thanks!