do you dress up your pets? can you go to far?

are we going to far - all dressed up with no where to go
Canada
April 14, 2007 2:28pm CST
OK, I love my cats. They do where pretty collars but it ends there. I see dog owners walking there dogs with sweater or coats on this seems to be a good idea to me especially the smaller breeds and the little boots make sense for the salt and ice on the paws and claws. But the other day I'm walking through walmart and see pajamas for cats and dogs. Who buys these? I can not imagine trying to get my cats into one of these outfits let alone a dog. Now don't get me wrong I love my girls. They are like my children and I would take out a loan to save there life at the vet but i draw the line at dressing them as humans. not only pj's though baseball shirts and visors, Hawaiian shirts and sporty teeshirts all prices ranging from 29.99 to 49.99.. even with sneakers I kid you not. is it me or does this seem a little too much? I would love to hear what other pet owners have to say and everyone for that matter. thanks Cheryl
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22 responses
• Malaysia
14 Apr 07
i am not that kind of person which will make my pet feel uncomfortable. I dont know how their feeling about it, their furs is already enough working as their natural cloth..and although they look cute in those pajamas,shirt and whatever it is.. i dont think it is a good idea to do that..
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• China
15 Apr 07
well. i think pet should be left alone. they have already made themselves quite good guys without our helping of doing something.so why bother do the make up for the pets agan..........
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
well thats everyone for your great comments I do agree most pets don't like the dress up thing and don't need it . I know my two cats don't even like collars i pick up at the dollarama for them. and they end up getting them off my the end of the day so its a waste of money and they cats are mad at me Cheryl
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
14 Apr 07
My little dog loves clothes! For real, she brings us her shirts anytime she isn't already wearing one. She is around 20 lbs and has a bald belly. We live in North Dakota, so it gets really cold here. She's got about a dozen different shirts in different colors and patterns. Most of them are sweaters but she has some that are t-shirts, because she insists on even wearing something when it's warm out, as long as it's not TOO hot. Then we draw the line. Our cat has a shirt, too. She was always messing with the dog's, so we bought her one of her own. Well, actually it's just a chihuahua shirt, because we didn't see any cat ones. Hers says "little flirt" because my husband thought that was cute because Trixie has a Tinkerbell one that says "Flirt." We don't pay a lot for ours, though. Most of them run around $5-8 each. I think the most we've ever paid was $10.
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
14 Apr 07
Trixie - Trixie likes to wear clothes!
Oh, here's a picture of Trixie in one of her sweaters. I forgot to include it with the original comment.
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
well hon what you do with your pets is entirely your decision and I'm not talking about people who spent 5 dollars lol. I'm talking 30 dollars for pj's that is crazy. Now if you dog likes dressing up and brings you his little shirts who am i to say thats wrong to tell the truth thats too darn cute. The idea of the cat blows my mind though my cats would wig out. the hate anything on them. Please know I didn't not me to offend anyone but I"m seeing so many pet owners going so far over board with pet carrier costing hundreds of dollars designer outfits and now with walmart carrying pj's and sports wear I shudder to think where this could lead. thanks so much for sharing you story with us it means a lot to me Cheryl
@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
15 Apr 07
We have a little dog. He is part chiwawa and part tibetan spaniel. In winter time I do dress him to protect him from the cold and the rain when we take him out. Otherwise I never dress him up. I think my little dog is better without any dress or shirt on him, he doesn't care anyway heh? Pyjamas for cats and dogs? I have to see that! Next time I go to walmart I will check it up. I always wonder how people started dressing up their pets. Maybe it's celebrities? One thing is sure, they don't do it for their pets because pets don't care if they are well dressed up or not. Well people buy and designers make money. I think it seems a little too much. My little dog is happy and I don't need to buy him any clothes.
• Canada
15 Apr 07
Thank you I think you have gotten my point exactly and even said it better than i. I think little dog need the warmth for outside.But you little one is safe and warm at home .I think all the Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie has made it cool to have a dog as an accessory and there clothes too. its down right silly if you ask me Cheryl
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
15 Apr 07
I don't dress up my pets, although my daughter used to. I did buy a lovely thick coat for my mini fox terrier two years ago, as she is so msmall & it gets very cold in winter. She hates it. She always manages to wiggle out of it, the silly dog.. When my daughter first got Kiwi, our black & white cat, we were amazed at how placed this kitten was. So my daughter usede to get out her dolls clothes, & put them on Kiwi. Although the kitten tolerated having clothes put on her, she went all funny when she tried to walk with them on.
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
I did that as a kid to I had a cat i dressed up in all my doll clothes and mom would laugh as the cat would make a get away dressed in baby clothes. she was hilarious all awkward running on tippy toes.I do believe smaller dogs need sweater or coats for a colder climate but i know moms terrier hates her jacket but loves snow. thanks so much for responding hon Cheryl
@Calais (10899)
• Australia
14 Apr 07
Oh, dont get me started on this topic. Im sorry I'll be mild. I think it looks stupid and absolutely pathetic. Cats and dogs have fur and can overheat really quickly. People think it looks cute. I just think its a bad trend gotten out of hand.
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
thanks so much for you direct and honest opinion that is what i was looking for when I asked the question. I think it has now gotten out of control. I think if you going to spend 50 dollars on pet pj's why not donate to your local shelter they need the help and honestly does your pooch need pj's. Thanks for responding Cheryl
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I do not dress up my puppy nor my cats. My cats ont even wear collars but my puppy does. My daughter dresses up her cats and dog for halloween. LOL They look cute and dont seem to mind it at all.
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
well if the cat and dog don't mind and it's for a special occasion I can see the rationality behind that.I know I have group of friends that all adopted greyhounds we have a parade of lights in the summer in the nighttime and they paint the dogs claws bright glow in the dark colors and with glow in the dark bows and stuff ..its done to raise awareness for the greyhound cause and I must said i don't see the harm in that Cheryl
• United States
15 Apr 07
Berkeley in clothes - This is my dog, Berkeley, in clothes
i dress my puppies but not my kitties. It all started because my first dog, Berkeley, was freezing cold durring the winter. We put a sweater on her and she LOVED it! Now she loves to ress up and she actuallly brings us her clothes to put on her. Our other dog, Zoey, seems to like it, too. They also both love to wear fancy collars.
• United States
15 Apr 07
Berkeley on Halloween - This is my dog, berkeley, in her halloween costume
i thought you might also like to see Berkeley in her Halloween costume. It's a BAT!
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
omg I laughed to kill myself she looks adorable and does seem to like it. I have to admit. ok maybe soem dogs do like it. It is of course a pet owners personal choice i'm sorry i'm still giggling darn that pooch is cute..thanks for sharing the phot and response Cheryl
@miryam (6507)
• Italy
15 Apr 07
I have a dog, I have iul collar and the port to the leash, has 12 years hour in winter has a imbottito raincoat, for the rain and the cold, suffers from altrite, but they are not daccording with who garment or spend money for dogs and cats ..when to the world the children die of hunger, mine the feature from dog, cure it for the diseases, but I do not exaggerate, also they have one dignity
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
well thanks so much for you comment i'm not exactly the point your trying to make but if you can clarify it for me I would really aprreciate it. Thanks Cheryl
@kcbomba (616)
• United States
15 Apr 07
ls really funny, but whites do it . We blacks consider such things as folly of the highest order . We just can't imagine ourselves ,back here in Africa doing such .
• Canada
15 Apr 07
HM interesting point I wonder why that is? maybe because we see so much of it on television these days. The pooch is the new in thing to dress like your child perhaps.you bring up something to think about.Your response is very much appreciated Cheryl
@r3v3ng3 (484)
• Romania
15 Apr 07
hy i'm new here and i want to make some friends. i love the animals too, and i have a cat at home , wich i love very much. i disagree whith them beeng dress. i'm sure i will never dress my cat or other pets. i have a neighbor wich dress her cat and when she goes to walk with her she uses a leash ,i can belive people like animals but they harm them by not letting them free just for a couple of minutes when they have a clean air. Have you ever seen something like that , for my this was a shock but people often make crazy things and we can't do anythig to stop them.
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
Thanks for commenting I do love my cats to and I want to give them the best I can but I would much rather give them the best vet care I can or grooming or even treat rather than a fancy wardrobe lol. I know some people think of the pets as children I have to admit the cats we have are our fur babies but i draw the line at dressing them in pj's Cheryl
@nic_knick (741)
• China
15 Apr 07
i really do not undrestand why people would spend so much money on pets. and i think it is really had to imagine. they would spend sdo mudch time make up their little pets. it is weird/ i have no idea why people do this . maybe they have got theri own reason for this. just because they like theri pets .and they may have the idea that pets are part of their life. and pets are just like family members that they would not neglect in theri life. so they would spend so much time decorating and making up their favored pets. pretty cool. i would decorate my own pets if possible...........................
• Canada
15 Apr 07
it is true i love my two cats like they are part of our family to john and i there are fur babies and with the recent pet food scare we have talked about it so much.I can not imagine having lost both of them. But i think with all this dressing up pets and things it is personal choice I let my cats rule my house my Smokey sits in the middle of my morning paper on the dining room table while i read the paper .maybe people think that ridiculous the same has i would dogs in pj's so pets owners have our own quicks but one thing is for sure pets owners are great people Cheryl
@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
15 Apr 07
With sneakers, that is the funniest thing i ever heard. I have a six year old dog, a very small one and sensitive. he is always catching a cold, so in the winters when he shivers, we dress him with a Swede. but that's it.:)
• Canada
15 Apr 07
I think as a small breed these little dogs need a warm sweater and or jacket to deal with the cold.They don't have much meat on therre bones and i think there health would suffer Cheryl
• United States
15 Apr 07
I tried to buy my dog sunglasses for our afternoon walks when at my other house. Yeah she doesnt do glasses or hats either *L* But I do own several outfits for her. I'd love the PJ's. I have for her 2 sweaters, a shirt, 2 rain coats (I lost one) and a jacket for colder weather where we now live. At our other house at night in the winter on walks I used to bundle her up with sweater and shirt while I bunlded me up too. I think they are cute and not that bad. As for cats... um thats a bit too far for me. That would end in scratches and not fun *L* ;) But no I dont think its too much its cool. And my dog loves being cute! :))
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
I do admit the pj's were adorable but i thought immediately of the pet shelters that could use 40 dollars and the treats that could buy or groomers or even something we could do together. I do understand the jackets and even the booties .But ultimately it is your pet and your choice and if you enjoy to dress them up its is your business and if the pet likes it go for it. I can't imagine dressing up a cat and walking away without a scratch lol..thanks so much for taking the time to share you pet story with us Cheryl
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
I haven't tried this and probably won't try something like this in the future. I believe people are creating all these just for profit and not because they really care about the animals. Our pets are already dressed with their furs and feathers. They're born to be like that. Something beyond that would make them uncomfortable or unsafe.
• Canada
15 Apr 07
i agree our pets depend on us for many things one of them is not clothing. They need food, love, food, medicine, and tender loving care and shelter. I think the celebrities today toting there dogs around have influenced how we accessories our animals. Cheryl
@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
15 Apr 07
I personally think it's kinda silly. I guess on a really little dog when it's really cold out is ok but nothing else.
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• Canada
15 Apr 07
Thanks so much thats my opinion to animals need love and food and shelter . They have fur there good lol thanks for responding Cheryl
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
15 Apr 07
I don't dress up my cat, I think it's tacky and not cute. Some of the outfits border on animal cruelty in my opinion, I always imagine the cat being so unhappy with being forced to wear something so constricting! I do understand the need for some dogs to wear little coats or sweaters though. My MIL has an old poodle and he really needs the extra warmth in the winter. Plus they do look very cute on him.
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• China
15 Apr 07
It is good to dress up your pets when it is cold in winter, or your pets have some disease and need protection. In winter, I always dress my dog with a sweater. Af first, my dog always try to bite and split the sweats around its body..but at last he found that the sweater can keep his body warmer, so he is satisfied with it in about 10 days.
@eyewitness (1577)
• Netherlands
15 Apr 07
my sister has a little dog, a Westie, she bought a raincoat for him for when it rains (ofcourse) and i winterjacket zo e wouldn't get could. but i think it has to stop there, a dog shouldn't be a accesoiry but a pet. clothes are to protect the dog for the weather outside, just like with people, not to make them look stupid or cute
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I think it's cute to dress your pets up, especially the smaller breeds. I own a beagle and now a lab/shepard, but I don't plan on putting clothes on them. I do admit I have put clothes on my beagle. I would use outfits that my youngest out grew, and some that she could still wear. Funny how my 8 year old beagle and my 5 year old daughter can wear the same tops, lol. I won't go out and spend money on dog clothes especially when they cost more than it would cost me to buy for my kids. I don't even do halloween costumes, mostly because I don't take them with me and my kids when they go out to get candy. I think the main reason I don't dress them up is the price of animal clothes. If I had money to waste, maybe I would dress them up.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 07
Just collars for our four, animals have coats already why do they need to be dressed up. The people who dress their animals up use them as commodities and as fashion accessories, especially the rich and famous, it's not smart, it's not clever, in fact it's cruel. Did you ever see the film Cats and Dogs? Where that beautiful white cat was dressed up in clothes? I know it was supposed to be a comedy but even so, that is poor taste.