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Homemade Costumes for Cats

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: May 13, 2018
Homemade Costumes for Cats

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How fun is it to dress up your cat?

Maybe it's because of their surrealist comedic scenes they accidentally create, their disgusted or long-suffering faces or even the excitement of seeing how many seconds it takes for the cat to get rid of the costume.

No matter why, we're all a little dorky and love to use human clothing, sunglasses, hats, or whatever is at hand to have a good time with our cats for Halloween or Christmas. In this AnimalWised article you will find ideas that will help you have an unforgettable time together - you might even get a great picture for Facebook or Instagram, but we can't promise that!

Keep reading to see the best steps to make unique and charming homemade costumes for cats.

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Do cats want to wear clothes?

Let's be realistic: Most outfits and costumes are going to be a nuisance for your cat. Yet there is a small number of cats that "allow" their humans to dress them up - until they get tired, of course. On the other hand, you will find some cats who do want to wear clothes such as the Sphynx cat, which is a hairless breed and may appreciate wearing a sweater in the middle of winter.

Before you dress your cat up, find clothing that feels soft and comfortable, without having to sacrifice their freedom of movement or cleaning routine.

Homemade Costumes for Cats - Do cats want to wear clothes?

Bow tie or scarf

If you are dressing your cat up for the first time, it is a good idea to use a simple accessory. Once they are used to wearing a collar all day long, they will not notice the difference if you put them in this outfit.

In order to make this easy costume for cats follow these steps:

  1. Find a shirt that you no longer use.
  2. Cut it right below the collar, keeping a button so that it can still be fastened as if it were a collar.
  3. Make a bow or a loop and sew it around the button hole so that it stays centered. It is not recommend to use safety pins, as they might hurt the cat.
  4. You can also create a different version simply using a piece of cloth mimicking a handkerchief or smart scarf. You can even add a hat.
  5. Put it on your cat.
Homemade Costumes for Cats - Bow tie or scarf

Witch costume

This is certainly a simple costume, as it doesn't require many components. Being such a big hat your beloved pet may not be as comfortable wearing it. Still, it's a great idea for a McGonagall-looking cat.

To make a homemade witch costume for your cat, follow these steps:

  1. Get a small or child-sized witch's hat
  2. Sew black ribbons on each side
  3. Gently tie the ribbons under the cat's chin, but not too tight
  4. Make sure it can't be removed

For more scary cat costumes, take a look at the best cute Halloween costumes for cats!

Homemade Costumes for Cats - Witch costume

Lion cat

The lion cat costume is not particularly difficult to achieve. You will need a fabric with hair or fur similar to that of a lion's mane, the thicker the better.

  1. Take the fur-looking fabric that mimics the lion hair and cut it in a triangular shape big enough to put it around the cat's neck.
  2. Sew Velcro so that both ends of the "mane" come together and join them around the neck.
  3. The pointed tip of the triangle will look like the end of the hair.
  4. Get a piece of smaller fabric for the tip of the tail and follows the same process. The fabric should be cut in a rounded shape so it looks like a ball - your cat will look adorable!
Homemade Costumes for Cats - Lion cat

Hello Kitty

This costume is exclusively for white cats, because otherwise people will not understand what exactly the cat's supposed to be. To dress up your cat as Hello Kitty you will need white fabric, pink fabric and sewing knowledge, as the idea is to create a sort of hood.

  1. Draw the shape of Hello Kitty's head onto the white fabric.
  2. Cut it out and make an exact copy using the first one as a template.
  3. Make a hole that your cat can push its head through, but not too big.
  4. Sew both fabrics together to form the hood.
  5. Make the tie for the head and neck, following the steps for the cat with a bow tie.
  6. Sew all the parts together to join them. Do not use pins or safety pins; it's better to use Velcro.
  7. Finish it off by sewing on a few whiskers.
Homemade Costumes for Cats - Hello Kitty

Spider cat

This costume is designed especially for pranksters or sinister people - or cats. It is still a fairly simple costume to make for those who cannot resist after seeing the final images.

A spider cat costume is a great source of videos on YouTube and unrivaled scares. What are you waiting for?

  1. Get yourself a large stuffed spider toy. You can also use fabric, your sister's small jumper or whatever you can think of - originality will be rewarded with the final result. You can attach it to the cat's body with tape, Velcro, plaits...
  2. Attach to it long legs that remain stable around the cat's body, simulating a large spider.
  3. Add googly eyes, pincers or anything that might scare your neighbors.
  4. Put it on your cat. Creepy - but cool!
Homemade Costumes for Cats - Spider cat

Cat and owner

If you love dressing up yourself, why not make a matching costume for your cat?

You can easily be inspired by films or television such as Shrek and the Puss in Boots, Alice in Wonderland or Sabrina and her cat Salem.

Homemade Costumes for Cats - Cat and owner

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